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Incident Date: 07 May 2015
A FAMILY of six were today described as ‘lucky to be alive’ after going to bed and leaving a pan of food smouldering on the stove.
Crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Carlton Avenue, Manchester, just before midnight when a neighbours smoke alarm went off.
The neighbours found their bedroom smoke logged but couldn’t find a fire and dialled 999.
Fire engines from Moss Side and Withington raced to the scene.
Watch Manager Paul Hesford, from Moss Side Fire Station, explained: “We initially searched the neighbours property which was smoke logged but there was no fire so we started to investigate the neighbouring properties. When we looked through the letterbox of the house next door it was clearly filled with smoke.
“We knocked on the door and someone let us in – there were three adults and three children asleep upstairs and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went in and led them to safety before tackling the fire itself.
“This could have been so much worse – they were very lucky their neighbours had recently requested a Home Safety Check from the Fire and Rescue Service and the smoke alarm we fitted alerted them to the smoke.”
WM Hesford said he believed the family had put some food on the cooker and
completely forgotten about it when they went to bed. The fire was confined to the kitchen but had been smouldering for some time producing copious amounts of toxic smoke.
“This could have been much much worse, they really are lucky to be alive this morning. Incidents like this should be highlighted to show people the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. Not only can it set on fire while you are not looking – but it is easy to forget about them and the consequences can be much more tragic than here.
“It also goes to re-inforce our message that smoke alarms save lives – every home should have them fitted and check them regularly to make sure they work.”
For a free Home Safety Check and more safety advice visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk