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Incident Date: 07 March 2015
A YOUNG woman has lost her life following a flat fire in Rochdale in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to Tweedale Street in Rochdale after an emergency call was made to North West Fire Control at 2.40am on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Station Manager Jon Crawley said: “On arrival at the address crew from Rochdale and Chadderton found a ground-floor flat well alight and wearing breathing apparatus they rescued a 23-year-old woman from the bedroom.
“They brought her outside where they performed CPR on her until North West Ambulance Service arrived.”
The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died.
A joint investigation between GMFRS and Greater Manchester Police has been carried out and the most likely cause of the fire is accidental by smoking materials.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “It is very sad that a young life has been taken and our thoughts are with the young woman’s family and friends at this time.
“As well as paying our condolences we would also like to highlight the tragic incident to remind others just how dangerous smoking can be and hopefully save many other lives.”
Visit the GMFRS website for information about smoking that can help keep you safe - http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/smoking_safety/