Warning after a spate of extractor fan fires
A WARNING has been given over bathroom extractor fans after three house fires in two weeks.
The latest happened at a house on Meadowcroft in Hazel Grove when a fan overheated.
The fire caused damage to the ceiling and a father - who was at home with two children - put it out with a dry powder extinguisher.
Firefighters were called to ensure the flames were fully out and cut away the damaged roof. No one was injured.
Crews also attended a similar incident, where an extractor fan had overheated, on London Road, Poynton, at 9pm a few days previously.
And the week before firefighters had been called to a home in Offerton where another fan had caused a small fire.
Each time only a small amount of damage was caused but residents have been told extractors must be kept clean and dust free or they may overheat.
Matt Lewis, from Offerton fire station, said: “If flames spread to the loft area with insulation in there it could cause a large fire.
“Extractor fans need to be kept clean and free of dust and if one is fitted it should be done by a qualified electrician.”