Bolton man left fighting for his life after collapsing while fire tore through his home

A Bolton man was left fighting for his life after a fire blazed through his home, where he lived alone.

Fire crews were called to the property on Longfield Road after concerned neighbours reported smoke seeping into their houses at around 4.30 this morning.  

The crews from Bolton Central and Bolton North Fire Station quickly discovered that the fire was coming from the 57-year-old’s home.

Watch Manager Karsten Boyle, who was in charge of the incident, said: “We were met by the neighbours who said there was smoke in their property.

“We entered and soon realised that the fire was next door. After being told that a man lived alone in the house we went to the rear of the property and could see a fire in the kitchen.”

Firefighters entered the property wearing breathing apparatus, and quickly found a man lying unconscious on the landing.

Efforts to revive the man began immediately, and continued until paramedics arrived.

He did not regain consciousness before being transported to hospital and his current condition is unknown.

At this moment in time, specialist fire investigators from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause of the fire.

Although it was believed to have started in the kitchen, the exact cause is unknown.

In response, firefighters have set up an assurance campaign for the area, offering free smoke alarms and advice to residents in the vicinity.

Miss.Boyle, said: “As soon as the fire was dealt with, we offered the neighbours Home Safety Checks.

“We’re still at the scene and will be starting a reassurance campaign to help keep people safe in this area.” 

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