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Incident Date: 30 July 2015
FIREFIGHTERS are offering Home Safety Checks to residents in Bolton after a 57-year-old man was left fighting for his life following a fire last night.
A crew from Bolton Central and Bolton North fire stations were called to Longfield Road at around 4.15am this morning, Thursday July 30, 2015.
Six firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the fire, which is believed to have started in the kitchen of the house.
Watch Manager Karsten Boyle, who was in charge of the incident, said: “We were met by the neighbours who said there was smoke in their property.
“We entered and soon realised that the fire was next door. After being told that a man lived alone in the house we went to the rear of the property and could see a fire in the kitchen.
“We immediately sent firefighters wearing breathing apparatus into the house from the front and the rear and they quickly discovered a man who was lying unconscious on the landing.
“We rescued him from the fire and began efforts to revive him. We continued to try and revive the man until paramedics arrived and took him to the Royal Bolton Hospital.
“As soon as the fire was dealt with we offered the neighbours Home Safety Checks. We’re still at the scene and will be starting a reassurance campaign to help keep people safe in this area.”
Specialist fire investigators from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working in the property to try and find out what caused the blaze.
For a free Home Safety Check and advice about how to keep you and your family safe from fire call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.