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Inquest into death of Stephen Hunt told thick smoke caused firefighters to become trapped

Stephen Hunt died after he was pulled from a blazing shop in 2013 Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The inquest into the death of firefighter Stephen Hunt was told how he and a fellow firefighter lost their way inside a burning shop in Manchester.

The 38-year-old former soldier died after being pulled from a blaze at Paul's Hair World on Oldham Road in 2013.

The jury heard that Hunt had entered the building with his colleague Jeremy Jones, both wearing breathing gear, but the smoke was too thick for the men to see and they became trapped.

Hunt was found collapsed inside the building 40 minutes after he entered and died later in hospital.

Man left homeless after flat fire sparked by candle

A man has been left homeless just days before Christmas after a fire caused by a candle placed on top of a TV. The 44-year old who'd been celebrating his birthday fell asleep at his flat in Bolton and woke up to the sound of his smoke alarm going off, fire crews were called to the property on Haydock Street at just before 5am.

The man was celebrating his birthday and had placed a tea-light candle on top of the TV and then fallen asleep. The candle melted and burned through TV and set fire to the curtains. Luckily the man was woken by a smoke alarm and managed to escape but the fire caused considerable damage to the bedroom and the man will have to be rehomed.”

– Watch Manager Karsten Boyle

It’s the latest in a series of candle related fires in Greater Manchester over the past few weeks. Yesterday two people were taken to hospital after a candle caused a fire at a flat in Hyde. A week ago two people were left homeless after a candle fire in Moss Side which destroyed the roof of two terraced properties. On the morning of Sunday, December 7, three people suffered smoke inhalation after a candle fire in Shaw.


Manchester fire fighters to strike before bonfire night

Manchester Fire crews are to strike for four days in the run up to Bonfire Night. Credit: PA

Manchester Fire crews are to strike for four days in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Manchester Evening News reports that fire crews will walk out at 6pm on October 31 and not return until 6pm on November 4.

The move comes after a three-year dispute over pensions.

Firefighters are incandescent following two months of negotiations which have led to no new proposals.

Firefighters will not stand by and see our members’ pension rights destroyed by a government which does not give a damn about the safety or wellbeing of firefighters or the long term.

– Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary

Prince Harry to visit Greater Manchester

Prince Harry sharing a joke with Salford fire fighters on his last visit to Greater Manchester. Credit: PA

Prince Harry will visit Greater Manchester today where he will help out at a rugby training session and meet fire fighters.

The Prince, who is patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, will take part in a training session for teachers which hopes to get more of them to become rugby coaches and enable more young people to take up the sport.

Later, he will meet fire fighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and talk to some of the young people involved in their community cadet scheme.

Fire breaks out at golf club

Fire fighters are tackling a major blaze at Northenden Golf Club in Manchester.

Motorists are being warned that there may be road closures nearby as the fire is brought under control.


The firework safety campaign that packs a punch

With just over three weeks to go to Bonfire night, fire fighters in the North West are launching a new safety campaign which, you might say, packs a bit of a punch.

Greater Manchester Fire Service have signed up the Bury boxing champion Scott Quigg, with a message aimed particularly at children.

And as Tim Scott's been finding out it's all invovled the fighter undering a bit of a gruesome makeover.

Some of you may find the images in his report distressing.

Lizard given oxygen treatment by fire crews after blaze

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Fire crews have rescued and treated a bearded dragon lizard following a house fire in Bolton.

Firefighters found the lizard in its tank and took it out to the fire engine where they treated it with oxygen therapy - and it made a full recovery.

The occupant of the house, on Chorley Old Road, and her two dogs were unharmed in the incident.

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Firework safety: what you need to know

The video below was made by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to illustrate the dangers of fireworks.

If you're planning on hosting a fireworks party, be safe, not sorry and keep it free from accidents by following the fireworks code.

  • Fireworks should not be sold to any person under the age of 18;
  • Ideally attend an organised display
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114;
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box;
  • Follow the instructions on each firework;
  • Light them at arm's length using a taper;
  • Stand well back;
  • Never go back to a lit firework;
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket;
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden;
  • Never throw fireworks;
  • Keep pets indoors;
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury

Sports stars "made up" to spread fire safety message

Cricketer Paul Horton is shown in the poster with arm and hand injuries. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Sports stars Scott Quigg, Adrian Morley and Paul Horton are fronting a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of fireworks.

The Boxer, Super League player and cricketer have all been made up to appear as if they have suffered career-ending firework injuries.

Boxer Scott Quigg having make up applied to his face. Credit: ITV News

The Treacle campaign by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service aims to drive home the message of firework safety ahead of Bonfire Night on November 5.

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