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Two rescued from flat fire

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 03 December 2014

TWO people trapped in a second floor bedroom because the flat below was on fire were rescued from the window by firefighters with a ladder.

The dramatic scene unfolded just after 3.20am this morning as crew from Leigh and Atherton were called to Railway Road in Leigh following reports of a building fire.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire in the first floor flat may have been started deliberately and the Police scenes of crime officers will join fire investigation specialists at the building this morning to try and discover the cause of the blaze.

Station Manager Geoff Thornley, incident commander during the event, explained: “The building includes two flats on the first floor and one flat on the second floor. The fire was in one of the first floor flats and we suspect it was started deliberately.

“When we arrived there were two people trapped upstairs – they were a young couple and they were hanging out of the bedroom window. Crew put a nine metre ladder to the window and brought them down to safety. They were shook up but they were OK. Fire service trauma technicians gave them oxygen at the scene and they were taken to hospital for a precautionary check up.”

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish the fire and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the building of smoke.

A multi-agency investigation team is due to meet at the scene this morning to assess the cause of the fire.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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