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Incident Date: 28 June 2014
FIREFIGHTERS from Leigh and Hindley are warning people to keep an eye on their electrical items after they tackled a bedroom fire that spread to the loft area of the house.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's fire crews were called out at 9.48pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014, when a fire broke out in a semi-detached house on Edna Road in Leigh.
Watch Manager Ian Tattersall, from Leigh Fire Station, said: "A woman, her partner and three children - aged 13, nine and four - were outside when we got there and luckily didn't need any treatment. Sadly the pet cat wasn't so lucky and died in the fire.
"The woman was downstairs and heard a bang upstairs so went to see what was happening when she discovered the fire in the bedroom.
"Firefighters worked hard to tackle the fire, that spread to the loft of the house and we also stopped it from spreading to the house next door.
"If the fire had started in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep things could have been much worse as we don't believe that there were working smoke alarms in the house."
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using hose reels. They also used a thermal imaging camera, to make sure the fire hadn't spread to places they couldn't see, and a fan to push smoke out of the house.
The fire is believed to have started when an electronic cigarette was plugged in upstairs in the house.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "The family involved had a lucky escape with discovering the fire when they did, although their house is damaged from the fire and they have sadly lost their pet.
"Please can we remind people about taking extra care when it comes to their electrical items and not leaving them plugged in too long and making sure that wires, plugs and chargers and in good working order.
"Also, working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time if you have a fire at home - why not call us today to book a free Home Safety Check - 0800 555815."
For information about keeping your electrical items safe visit: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/electrical_equipment.aspx
For a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555815 or visit: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/smoke_alarms.aspx