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Gas fire sets woman on fire in front of her family

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 17 February 2015

PEOPLE with open fires in their homes were again warned about their safety this morning after a 40-year-old mum set herself on fire in front of her three children.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service described how the three youngsters were terrified when their mum’s t-shirt caught fire from a living flame type gas fire in their home.

The woman was bending down to pick up a tablet device when her t-shirt caught fire at the house in Oldstead Grove, Bolton, shortly after 9.45pm last night.

Watch Manager Ian Read from Bolton Central Fire Station attended the incident along with crew from Bolton and Horwich.

He said: “It looks as though the woman was bending down between a coffee table in the lounge and the fire and her t-shirt has caught fire. She has burned her back quickly badly and also her hands where she has tried to get it off.

“There were three children there and they were very upset to see this. People really need to remember these are open, naked flames just the same as with any fire and you have to be very careful.”

The woman was treated at the scene by specially trained fire service trauma technicians who dressed her burn initially and gave her some oxygen therapy. North West Ambulance Service paramedics took over and she was later taken to Royal Bolton Hospital.

WM Read added: “There is a big message here. Make sure you have a fireguard on any open fire. Make sure you are aware of your proximity to the fire. Wearing loose clothing near an open fire is dangerous. People need to think about things like mirrors over the fire where you might be looking in and your clothing will catch fire. It’s really important to think about these things.”

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:39
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