Manchester

Two jump from window to escape Burnage flat fire

Fire in Burnage
Image caption Twenty-five firefighters tackled the blaze

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital after jumping from a first floor window to escape a fire above a shop in Manchester.

The fire broke out at about 04:15 BST in a flat over the shop just off Kingsway, in Burnage.

A 34-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital by paramedics.

The man suffered 25% burns while the woman also suffered burns to her hands and shoulder.

Station manager Damian O'Rourke said: "When the first crews arrived, it was clear that a man and a woman had jumped from a first floor bedroom window and that they'd been woken by a smoke alarm sounding.

"We were faced with a very severe fire on the ground floor of a commercial dry cleaners which had spread to a first floor flat above and was burning into the roof space of the property."

He added: "The attic had been converted into a living space but the fire had burnt through the floors making it difficult for our crews to get in and extinguish fire hotspots."

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