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Sleeping man rescued from bed as pan sets on fire

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 17 February 2015

A MAN asleep in bed as a fire in the kitchen sent toxic smoke billowing through his home was rescued by firefighters thanks to a workman who heard his smoke alarm going off.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it appeared the man, 55, had returned from a night out and starting cooking some supper before going to bed and leaving the pan on the stove.

Crew from Withington and Whitehill Fire Stations attended the blaze in Brookway Close, Burnage, just before 11pm last night. The property was heavily smoke-logged and the smoke alarm had sounded but the man hadn’t been roused and remained asleep in his bed.

A workman carrying out some electrical checks on a neighbouring property heard the noise and raised the alarm by dialling 999.

Crew Manager Joe Dowling from Withington Fire Station explained: “The pan had set on fire and there was very dense smoke throughout the flat. The man had gone to bed and was fast asleep when we arrived. Four firefighters wearing breathing equipment went into the house and got him out. He was lucky he was in his bedroom – if he had been on the couch it could have been a very different and tragic story.”

Paramedics from North West Ambulance Service also attended the incident and provided treatment to the man at the scene for smoke inhalation but he refused any further hospital treatment.

Cooking-related fires account for a high proportion of 999 calls to the Fire and Rescue Service across the UK and in Manchester where people regularly call for help when their kitchen sets on fire. There are also a huge number of calls that involve fires where people leave cooking unattended.

For further advice on fire safety in the kitchen, visit the GMFRS website here:

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