Gran’s terror over deadly gas leak
AGREAT-GRANDMOTHER has spoken of the terrifying moment she realised there was a deadly gas leak in her home.
Patricia Asprey, 76, of Moray Road, Chadderton, also said she believed she would be dead if she had not had a carbon monoxide detector to alert her to the leak, the source of which is still being investigated.
Patricia, who was hospitalised along with a 24-year-old neighbour, said: “It was very scary. I just panicked when the alarm went off.
“We were evacuated and then in hospital they said I had high levels of carbon monoxide in my blood.
“I had felt very sleepy but I’m on painkillers after a hip operation so I thought it was those.
“The firefighters praised me for having a detector.
“I’m so glad I had one or I could have passed out.
“I could be dead as you can’t smell carbon monoxide or hear it.”
Fire service bosses have issued a warning over the ‘silent killer’ after the drama on Moray Road.
A number of other residents also reported feeling unwell and were checked and treated by paramedics.
Fire crews from Chadderton, Hollins and Old- ham were called to the road at 6.40pm on Thursday after a carbon monoxide alarm activated inside a property.
‘It was very scary. I just panicked when the alarm went off’
Five homes were evacuated immediately and fire fighters wearing breathing masks led Patricia to safety.
A gas engineer was called to the scene and isolated the supply.
Patricia, who is recovering from a hip replacement operation, was washing up when the alarm started going off.
Sheimmediatelylimped outside, taking her phone and calling 999, before realising her hearing aid wasn’t in.
She added: “I had to find that and call again. I went straight back outside at the back and waited for the firefighters.”
When they arrived they evacuated Patricia’s neighbours too – and she and another woman were taken to hospital.
Neighbour Arnold Bennett, 90, was also evacuated.
The great-grandfather of five said: “I was watching television when firefighters came to my door and said I had to leave. The neighbours were kind and invited us in.”
He added: “I have a carbon monoxide alarm, and this has made me realise how important they are.”
●● Patrica Asprey said her life was saved by her carbon monoxide detector