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Safety warning issued after spate of heater fires

FIREFIGHTERS are asking residents to take care with electrical appliances after two house fires in one day caused by heaters.

On Friday, July 14, crews were called to Pryce Avenue, Wigan, at 8.41am then another crew were called to Count Street, Rochdale, at 2pm.

On both occasions the fires are believed to have been started accidentally by portable heaters setting fire to furniture close by.

Fire investigators found that the tragic fire that killed a mother and her three children in Bolton on Saturday, July 8 was also likely to have been caused by a heater that was accidentally switched on.

Officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police carried out a joint investigation in Rosamond Street and it is believed that the fire was caused accidentally by a halogen heater in the living room at the front of the house.

Chair of the Fire Committee, Cllr David Acton, said: “GMFRS has seen a number of fire recently that appear to have been caused by heaters, including the terribly sad incident in Bolton.

“You can help to protect yourself and your family by ensuring you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and thinking about escape routes.

“Please ensure that you check electrical appliances, plugs and cables and that you don’t overload sockets. And if you have particular concerns about your safety, don’t hesitate to call GMFRS on 0800 555 815 to book a Safe and Well visit.”

For further information about how to stay safe in your home, visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/fire_safety_advice/electrical_equipment/

Last update: 17/07/2017 17:09:47
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