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LUCKY MOGGIE
Firefighters rescued a cat from a house following a fire involving a washing machine in St Helens.
Our Service attended the property on Chiltern Road just after 8.30am.
This was an accidental fire involving a washing machine in the front room of the property. Hard wired smoke alarms alerted the occupiers who managed to escape the property unharmed.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a cat from the front room and extinguished the fire.
The washing machine was severely damaged by fire and a quantity of soft furnishings were damaged by fire. There was also smoke damage to the remainder of the property.
A fire appliance from St Helens Community Fire Station was called out and firefighters were at the scene for around half an hour.
Watch Manager Ged Knock, of White Watch at St Helens Community Fire Station, said: “The swift intervention of the fire crew from White Watch at St Helens Community Fire Station resulted in the successful rescue of a cat from heavy smoke in the room where the fire started. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out the rescue.
“Hard wired smoke alarms alerted the occupiers, who escaped the property unharmed, although the property was severely smoke damaged.
“This highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted. A working smoke alarm can give valuable seconds to escape a house fire.
“People are also urged to take care with any electrical
appliances that generate heat.
Teen Stuck In Tree
Firefighters rescued a teenage boy who was stuck up a tree in Haydock.
Our Service was called out to King George V Park, in Church Road, just after 10pm.
A 15-year-old boy was stuck six metres up in a tree in the park.
Firefighters used a nine-metre ladder to rescue the boy and led him to safety.
The boy was not believed to have been injured
in the incident.
A fire appliance from
St Helens Community
Fire Station was called
out. Firefighters were at
the scene for around half an hour.
Dry Clothes Safely
Our Service was called at 7.40pm on a Tuesday to a fire above a shop in Poulton Road in Wallasey.
Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to tackle the fire and search the property to make sure no-one was still inside.
Watch Manager Ben Flint, who attended the call-out with Blue Watch firefighters from Wallasey Community Fire Station, said: “A high pressure hose jet and main jet were used to tackle the fire. The suspected cause of the fire was accidental due to clothes drying too near an electric heater. We ask people to keep combustible materials, such as clothes, away from electric heaters or heat sources and to let clothes dry naturally.
“Firefighters extinguished the fire in the flat. There were no working smoke alarms in the flat.”
The fire was extinguished by 8.33pm. Firefighters carried out damping down operations and cleared smoke from the flat.
A fire appliance from Wallasey Community Fire Station, one from Birkenhead Community Fire Station and one from Liverpool City Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Electrical appliances should
be switched off after use. Combustible
materials such as clothing should not be
stored on top of appliances that generate
heat, such as washing machines or dryers, as they
can catch fire.”
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