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Incident Date: 24 December 2014
CARING Bolton firefighters have helped a homeless lady find a roof over her head just in time for Christmas.
Crew from Bolton Central responded to reports of a small rubbish fire on St Edmond Street just after 1.30pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
The fire, which had been lit by a homeless woman in a bid to keep warm from the cold weather, was extinguished by the fire service as it was generating a lot of smoke in the area.
However, the incident left firefighters feeling helpless and thinking about the woman they had seen trying to keep warm.
The crew got in touch with Urban Outreach, Bolton’s homeless service to see if they could do more.
As a result the rough sleeper has been staying in a local B&B and after viewing a property is soon to receive the keys to a new home, just in time for Christmas.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “It is stories like this that really represent what we are all about.
“These firefighters have taken the time to go the extra mile and have had the community at heart which makes me really proud.
“Our emergency services will continue to work over the Christmas period to keep us safe and I would like to thank each and every one of them for all their hard work.”