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Candle causes house fire in Shaw

Borough: Oldham

Incident Date: 07 December 2014

FIRFIGHTERS are pleading for people not to leave candles unattended or lit overnight.

Crew from Oldham and Chadderton were called to Delamere Avenue in Shaw, at 9.10am this morning, Sunday, December 7, 2014 to a fire involving the ground floor of detached house.

Watch Manager Jon Nolan said “When we arrived, six people had self-rescued themselves from the property. Thankfully they had a smoke alarm which alerted them to the fire caused by a candle left unattended.

“Unfortunately three people suffered from the effect of smoke inhalation and were given oxygen therapy by Fire Service Trauma Technicians.

“These people were very lucky to have escaped. We urge people to never leave candles unattended in a room, keep them away from combustible items and make sure they are put on something fireproof and that they are properly out when going to bed.”

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to deal with the incident.

Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "This incident highlights the dangers of leaving candles unattended and how a smoke alarm can save your life.”

Before leaving the scene, crew carried out a Home Safety Check in the house and also offered them to neighbours of the property.

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:38
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