FIREFIGHTERS and community safety staff will be in Failsworth
offering safety advice following a house fire last night.
A 57-year-old woman is in a serious condition in hospital
following the fire.
Calls were made to the Control Room at Greater Manchester Fire
and Rescue Service to report the fire on Thursday, November 1
shortly after 10.30pm on Piercy Street, Failsworth.
Green Watch firefighters from Hollins, Chadderton and Philips
Park fire stations were sent out to the fire and on arriving at the
terraced house were confronted by an intense fire involving the
Crew Manager from Hollins Fire Station, Mark Thomson, said:
"When we got to the house we were greeted by neighbours and family
members of the woman, who had been found slumped at her front door
by a passer-by.
"She was in a neighbour's house unconscious and not breathing,
so I immediately started to resuscitate her using a bag valve mask
- a hand-pump used to put oxygen into lungs.
"Paramedics took the woman to hospital for further
Borough Manager for Oldham, Kevin Talbot, said: "Operational
crews, community safety advocates and volunteers will be in the
area this afternoon on hand offering safety advice and booking in
Home Safety Checks.
"They will be knocking on doors but if people see them they can
approach them to ask for information if they wish."
The cause of the fire is now under investigation and the woman
remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The house was fitted with a working smoke alarm, however, there
are lots that still aren't.
For a free Home Safety Check that could include the fitting of
smoke alarms please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.