A FIREFIGHTER has praised a member of the public for helping save lives following a fire in Prestwich this morning.
Whitefieldâ€™s Blue Watch, along with crew from Broughton and Agecroft, were called to Bent Lane at 5.13am on Monday, August 8, after reports of a fire in a block of flats.
When they arrived firefighters found a blaze in storage rooms of the two-storey building, but thankfully a resident had raised the alarm and helped his neighbours evacuate the flats.
Watch Manager Pat Walsh, from Whitefield Blue Watch, said: â€œThe actions of this man definitely helped prevent a more serious fire. He got up and didnâ€™t just get himself out, he made sure others were aware of the incident and consequently when we arrived the building was evacuated, meaning we could access the areas of fire.
â€œBy raising the alarm we were able to get there quickly and stop the fire from spreading to peopleâ€™s flats and it also helped us limit the potential for smoke to engulf much of the building.
â€œMembers of the public deserve praise when they have gone above and beyond like this and the main message is to raise the alarm as soon as possible if you discover a fire.â€
Firefighters used a hose and two breathing kits in putting the fire out and they left the scene after 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is unknown and police are investigating.Â