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Incident Date: 16 July 2014
AN elderly woman has been taken to hospital after what firefighters have described as lucky escape from a chip pan fire at her home in Stockport.
Two crews from Whitehill and Gorton Fire Stations were called to sheltered housing accommodation in Jubilee Court, North Reddish, at 7.41pm on Wednesday, July 16.
An automatic smoke alarm in the building had alerted a nearby care worker who went to the flat and led the 90-year-old woman to safety.
When crews arrived they extinguished the fire, cleared the smoke and treated the occupier and the care worker - who'd both suffered smoke inhalation - with oxygen.
Watch Manager Nick Hince, from Whitehill Fire Station, said: "The elderly lady had put a chip pan on and fallen asleep.
"She had a lucky escape really because if the care worker hadn't been nearby then it could have been a very different story.
"She had breathed in a lot of smoke and was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital."
Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, is urging people to get rid of their chip pans.
"Believe it or not some people still use chip pans, especially the older generation, but I would urge people to 'ban the pan' and swap their chip pans for safer alternatives such as deep fat fryers.
"More than half of all house fires start in the kitchen but you can reduce your risk of a serious fire by ensuring you have a working smoke alarm that's correctly fitted and checked regularly.
"Never leave cooking unattended - even just for a few seconds to answer the phone or the door - and don't cook if you're feeling drowsy, tired or drinking alcohol."
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