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Microwave blaze sparks kitchen safety plea

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 21 October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a kitchen safety plea after they rescued a lady from a house fire on Huddersfield Road, Austerlands.

Three fire engines from Oldham, Hollins and Mossley stations were sent to the incident at 1.14pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. 

The fire involving food which been left unattended in a microwave had caused the house to quickly fill with smoke.

Watch Manager John Ogden, Green Watch at Oldham Fire Station, said: “We were called to reports of a house fire where an elderly woman was inside with lots of smoke.

“There was no answer when we knocked on the door so we gained entry using a door ram and discovered a 91-year-old lady inside with lots of smoke that had come from her microwave.

“We think that food was left in the microwave too long and started to burn, but the fire was out when we arrived.  However, there was a lot of acrid smoke so North West Ambulance Service checked the lady over and took her to her hospital.”

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to bring the fire under control and the lady was assessed by paramedics at the scene.

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:38
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