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Incident Date: 07 December 2014
A WOMAN was rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital with her family, after a serious fire broke out in their home in Prestwich.
Firefighters from Broughton, Whitefield and Agecroft were called to the property on Mather Avenue, at 4.33am this morning, Sunday, December 7.
Six firefighters in breathing apparatus attempted to enter the property but were met by an intense fire on the ground floor of the three story house.
Watch Manager Chris Rainford said: "The firefighters carried out a fantastic rescue in extremely difficult conditions.
"The husband and two teenage daughters had escaped the property when they were woken up by the sound of a window blowing out downstairs due to the intensity of the fire.
“The woman had tried to escape through a very small window on the first floor of the property, but got stuck.
“This was a life threatening situation as she was already suffering from severe smoke inhalation and the fire was raging downstairs preventing an internal rescue.
“Firefighters put a ladder up to the window and Crew Manager Chris McNally climbed up to reach the woman, holding on with just one hand, he had to physically pull her through the window on to the ladder to save her life.
“We believe that the cause of the fire was a gas detector left charging overnight.
“If smoke alarms had been fitted in this property they would have been alerted to the fire sooner and been able to make a safer escape.
“This family are very, very lucky. The quick decisions of the Crew and brave actions certainly saved this woman’s life.”
The Crew spent around two hours at the scene and used six breathing apparatus, three hose reels, one short extension ladder and two positive pressure ventilation fans to bring the fire under control.
The woman and her family were taken to hospital by paramedics.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "The Crew did a fantastic job during this dramatic rescue.
"This incident just goes to show the importance of having working smoke alarms in our homes and I would urge people to get them fitted if they haven’t got them already."
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