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Incident Date: 24 May 2017
Flat Fire – Salford, Tuesday, 23 May
AT 11.55pm on Tuesday 23 May firefighters were called to a blaze in a first floor flat in Whitebeam Court in Salford.
Eight fire engines from stations across Greater Manchester tackled the fire, with six crew entering the building wearing breathing apparatus.
The smoke from the fire spread through the eleven storey building via the stairwell but the fire itself was contained to the first floor.
A 62 year old man was rescued from the fire and treated for smoke inhalation. Four other casualties were also treated for minor smoke inhalation by North West Ambulance Service.
No residents were evacuated and crews urged all occupants to stay in their flats with their doors closed.
Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters carried out a thorough search of the rest of the building to make sure that the fire hadn’t spread.
By 1.30am the fire engines on the scene had been reduced from eight to four. The four remaining engines will work to further clear the smoke in the stairwell and reassure the residents who live in the flats.
Group Manager Pete Lamb who was in charge of the incident said – “Our firefighters acted with the professionalism and efficiency that the public expect from them. They worked quickly and hard to clear the smoke in the stairwell so that the impact of the fire was minimal to the residents who live at Whitebeam Court.”
The cause of the fire is currently unknown and fire investigation will be at the scene on Wednesday 24 May to determine a cause.