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Wedding party flees Manningham house after fire breaks out
A bedroom blaze that led to a wedding party being evacuated from a house in Manningham is under investigation.
Nineteen people, including a man in a wheelchair, fled the detached house in Sylhet Close, just of Lumb Lane, after a smoke detector went off just before 3am today.
Fire crews from Bradford and Fairweather Green arrived at the scene to find the whole wedding party, from toddler age to pensioners, waiting for them out on the street.
One of the women wedding guests had gone upstairs after hearing the smoke detector and found clothes between a bed and a corner unit on fire - the carpet had also ignited.
Another man, who had been at the party, fetched water in a jug to put it out and then closed the door on it while the guests dowstairs were quickly got out of the house safely.
Bradford watch commander Alan Holdsworth said fire investigators had started looking for the cause in the early hours immediately after it happenend but were returning to speak to the family.
"The cause at the time was unrecorded and is being investigated - the fire investigator is going back to speak to thefamily.
“This incident could have had a very serious ending - The house was full of people celebrating a wedding, many lives were at risk.
"Smoke detectors save lives. It alerted one of the guests at this house and another managed to do his own risk assessment and because it was so small and in its early stages he felt confident he could put it out himself then close the door.
"The alternative would have been to look at it, think I'm not touching it and close the door on it to keep the fire contained while getting everyone out.
“In this case the family did exactly the right thing. "If the fire hadn't been discovered and dealt with it when it was, the whole bedroom could have gone up once the bedding and curtains were involved."