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Incident Date: 26 October 2014
FIREFIGHTERS rescued two cats from a flat fire in Manchester thought to have been caused by smoking materials.
Crew from Withington and Moss Side fire stations were called to Barlow Moor Road in Didsbury at 4.11am on Sunday, October 26.
When they arrived, firefighters were faced with around half a dozen people from the building who were outside, and a fire involving the kitchen of a first-floor flat.
Crew in breathing apparatus used a hose reel and a positive pressure fan to tackle the fire.
A 30-year-old man from the affected flat was suffering smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
He had fallen asleep and thankfully was woken by a working smoke alarm.
Watch Manager John Moore said: “The most likely cause of the fire was smoking materials and an accumulation of materials on top of the cooker.
“The kitchen was badly damaged, the man had taken in some smoke and the rest of the flat was damaged by smoke.
“The man was concerned about his two cats so we went in and got them out.”
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “This incident highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm. It did its job and alerted the man to the fire – had the alarm not been raised when it was, we could have been dealing with a far more serious incident.
“I would urge people to take extra care when smoking and to always ensure cigarettes are fully stubbed out.
For further advice on smoking safety, please visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety/
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx