Man taken to hospital after waking up to fire in his Wigan home

A man was taken to hospital after waking up early this morning to discover his bedroom filled with smoke.
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He was alerted by a smoke alarm and managed to get out of the first-floor apartment on Wigan Lower Road, in Standish Lower Ground, at around 6am on Monday.

He raised the alarm and two fire engines from Wigan and one from Hindley attended, along with an ambulance and police.

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Crews used a hose reel and breathing apparatus as they tackled the blaze, which destroyed the bedroom and caused smoke damage to the rest of the apartment.

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Three fire engines attended

The man suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Wigan Infirmary for precautionary checks.

His neighbours were told to stay in their homes while firefighters tackled the fire and their apartments were checked afterwards.

Crews will return this week to carry out safe and well checks.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally.

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Paul Gibbons, watch manager at Wigan fire station, said: "The smoke alarm woke him and raised the alarm ultimately, which shows the importance of having working smoke alarms.

"If you don't have one, please call your local fire station and they will fit one."

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