UPDATED: Woman rescued from Breightmet flat fire

The Bolton News: Forensic investigators at the scene of the flat fire in Ashness Drive, Breightmet Forensic investigators at the scene of the flat fire in Ashness Drive, Breightmet

A 24-YEAR-OLD woman was pulled to safety from her burning flat in the early hours of this morning - and neighbours were evacuated as the blaze threatened to rip through the two-storey block.

Fire and police have now launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The fire broke out at 4am in a first floor flat in Ashness Drive, Breightmet, trapping the woman, who then shouted through a window for help.

A neighbour was trying to help as firefighters from Bolton Central and Bolton North arrived, and they then used a ladder to reach the woman from the window.

Emergency services evacuated about half-a-dozen residents from their properties after fears the fire could spread to adjoining houses and flats.

Firefighters forced their way into the flat to tackle the fire, which had spread to the sofa and carpet.

Paramedics treated the woman for smoke inhalation at the scene before taking her to hospital.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “One female, aged 24, was rescued by fire service from the window using ladders and was given oxygen therapy and taken to hospital for a precautionary check.”

The fire service alerted the police after the cause of the fire could not be established.

Crews were on the scene for an hour-and-a-half and police and fire investigation officers returned to the flat at 9am to start their investigation.

Police are trying to determine whether the cause of fire was suspicious.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “The police were requested to attend by the fire service.

“A joint investigation is now underway.”

The woman, who is said to have two children, had not returned to the flat yesterday morning.

A neighbour said: “I was asleep and heard an alarm go off.

“We were told to go outside in case the fire had spread and there was just lots of smoke coming from the windows.

“Fortunately she is okay and her children were not in the flat at the time.

“Smoke alarms are so important.”

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12:58pm Tue 10 Dec 13

colbarber says...

just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.
just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky. colbarber

1:12pm Tue 10 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

colbarber wrote:
just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.
perhaps it should be an offence for a landlord not to have a working smoke alarm fitted? It is as big a 'crime' in my eyes as having blocked fire exits.
[quote][p][bold]colbarber[/bold] wrote: just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.[/p][/quote]perhaps it should be an offence for a landlord not to have a working smoke alarm fitted? It is as big a 'crime' in my eyes as having blocked fire exits. oftbewildered2

4:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Paul.Evs says...

colbarber wrote:
just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.
Of course, complaining 'many times' about the smoke alarm not working is a lot easier than going to buy one yourself.
[quote][p][bold]colbarber[/bold] wrote: just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.[/p][/quote]Of course, complaining 'many times' about the smoke alarm not working is a lot easier than going to buy one yourself. Paul.Evs

6:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lawlesschat says...

Paul.Evs wrote:
colbarber wrote:
just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.
Of course, complaining 'many times' about the smoke alarm not working is a lot easier than going to buy one yourself.
Well said Paul
[quote][p][bold]Paul.Evs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colbarber[/bold] wrote: just want to say my ex girlfreind lived in the same place and complained to the staff on many occasions that the smoke alarms did not work. the staff did not heed her warning even after my ex girlfreinds cooker blew up and there was plumes of smoke in her flat and the smoke alarm never went off to warn anyone and still nothing was done. i thank the lord that our freind got out safley maybe next time they wont be so lucky.[/p][/quote]Of course, complaining 'many times' about the smoke alarm not working is a lot easier than going to buy one yourself.[/p][/quote]Well said Paul Lawlesschat

8:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

llcoolwayne says...

Instead of complaining about having no smoke alarms.... phone 0800 555 815, you can get free smoke alarms fitted for free, no excuses not to having working smoke alarms.
Instead of complaining about having no smoke alarms.... phone 0800 555 815, you can get free smoke alarms fitted for free, no excuses not to having working smoke alarms. llcoolwayne

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