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Weekend incidents July 18, 2016

Borough: All

Incident Date: 18 July 2016

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Services was called to a number of kitchen fires in Manchester on Sunday, July 17.

The Service is appealing for residents to be careful when cooking, following the incidents in Chorlton, Hulme and Rusholme that caused damage to properties, but thankfully no injuries.

The incidents yesterday (Sunday, July 17) were as follows:

  • At 10.21am three fire engines from Gorton and Philips Park attended a kitchen fire at a property on Dickenson Road, Rusholme. Firefighters used two breathing kits, a hose reel and ventilation equipment in dealing with the fire. They were there for 90 minutes.
  • Firefighters were then called to Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, at 6.10pm, where there was a fire involving oil in a large wok on a commercial cooker. Oxygen therapy was given to one casualty who was suffering from smoke inhalation. Firefighters used one breathing apparatus, positive pressure ventilation fan and a fire blanket. Crews were detained for 75 minutes.
  • At 10.47pm firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a flat on Blanchard Street, Manchester. Crews used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a positive pressure ventilation fan to fight the fire and were in attendance for one hour and 25 minutes. It was attended by two fire engines, one from Moss Side and one from Salford.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “In Greater Manchester more than half of the house fires we attend start in the kitchen. It is vitally important that people don’t leave pans unattended, or cook while under the influence of alcohol. These are among the many safety messages we issue around kitchen safety.

“We are committed to reducing fire deaths and injuries by ensuring that every home in the county has a working smoke alarm.  To make certain this happens, we carry out free Safe and Well visits, which often include the fitting of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can give you vital time which can save your life. To arrange a Safe and Well visit people can call 0800 555 815.”

GMFRS issues the following kitchen safety advice:

  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from your cooker
  • Keep your oven, hob and grill clean. A build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire
  • Don't put anything metallic, such as cutlery or tin cans, inside the microwave
  • Check the toaster is clean and away from curtains and kitchen rolls
  • Remember any type of pan can catch fire - this includes a wok, a grill or a frying pan
  • When deep frying, always dry the food before you put it in the oil
  • Never fill a pan more than one-third full of oil. If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot - turn off the heat and leave it to cool down
  • Swap your chip pan for an electric deep fat fryer - thermostatically controlled electrical deep fat fryers that plug into the wall are much safer to use
  • Never throw water or use a water fire extinguisher on a hot fat fire
  • Don't panic and don't take risks
  • Don't move the pan
  • Have an escape plan if a fire does occur

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Other incidents of note from over the weekend were as follows:

  • On Friday, July 15, at 8.44pm North West Fire Control received a call to a fire in a third-floor flat at Rostherne Gardens, Bolton. Crews used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and positive pressure ventilation fan to put out the fire in the living room. One person received oxygen therapy. Three engines from Bolton Central and Bolton North attended and crews were there for 40 minutes.
  • At 5.25pm on Saturday, July 16, a fire engine from Manchester Central and one from Philips Park attended a caravan on fire at Lind Street, Manchester. Crews used one hose reel and one breathing apparatus to bring the fire under control and were at the scene for 30 minutes.
  • On Sunday, July 17, at 2.16am crews from Philips Park, Gorton and an aerial appliance from Oldham attended a fire in a second floor attic of a mid-terraced property on Gransmore Avenue, Manchester. Firefighters used four breathing apparatus and two hose reels to bring the fire under control.
  • At 4.24am two fire engines from Wigan and a technical response unit and major rescue unit from Leigh assisted with the rescue of a person from a two-storey roof at a commercial premises on Robin Park Road, Wigan. Crews used a short extension ladder and were at the scene for 50 minutes.
  • Firefighters were called to Cedars Road, Manchester at 2.48pm, where there was a kitchen fire involving a toaster in the kitchen. Crews used a positive pressure ventilation fan and breathing apparatus during searches of the property. One casualty declined oxygen therapy. Crew members were at the scene for 30 minutes.
  • At 6.02pm three fire engines from Oldham and Chadderton went to a fire at Hartford Mill, Edward Street, Oldham. The fire involved a quantity of wood in the stairwell of the ground floor of a derelict mill. Searches were carried out and no persons were found. Crews used one hose reel and two triple extension ladders. They were there for one hour.
  • At 10.46pm firefighters were called to a building fire on Hodge Lane, Broadbottom. Fire crews used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels, lighting equipment and a thermal imaging camera to fight the fire. Three fire engines from Hyde, Ashton under Lyne and Gorton attended and were there for just over an hour.
Last update: 18/07/2016 10:33:08
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