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Teenager has a lucky escape from a house fire in Horwich

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 17 October 2014


Pictured: Jake Bostock-Smith

A TEENAGER has been saved by working smoke alarms after a fire broke out in a house in Horwich.

Firefighters from Horwich, Bolton Central and Bolton North were called to a semi-detached house on Hillside Crescent just before 3.30am this morning (Friday, October 17, 2014).

The intense blaze, which started in the garage, spread to the house causing damage to the hallway, kitchen and dining room.

Jake Bostock-Smith, aged 16, who was asleep in an attic bedroom of his grandma’s house, was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm fitted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in May 2008.

Watch Manager at Bolton Central, Craig Lunt, said “On arrival we were faced with a well-developed fire, we could see flames and smoke coming from the garage which was joined to the side of the house.  Firefighters worked really hard to get the fire under control and stop it spreading further.

“Jake was very fortunate that his grandma had smoke alarms in her house.  It could have been a very different outcome.”

Jake added: “I was woken by the smoke alarm which was a bit of a shock.  I looked out the window and saw smoke and flames coming from the right of the house.

“Even though I could see smoke, I held my breath and ran down the stairs out of the front door where I saw the flames coming from the garage.

“I know that because of the smokes alarms I was really lucky.  Make sure you have them fitted because they might just save your life.”

“I want to thank the firefighters and police officers who were brilliant and have kept me informed of everything that was going on.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire Authority, Cllr David Acton, said: “This young man was very lucky.  We urge people to check their smoke alarms are working weekly so that they too can sleep safe knowing they will be alerted in the event of a fire.

“For further fire safety advice, visit and to book a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.”

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and positive pressure ventilation to extinguish the fire. They were at the scene for just under four hours.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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