FIRE chiefs are warning against the use of chip pans after a blaze in Atherton.
A man in his 40s fell asleep after cooking on the hob at his home in Buckley House, Bolton Road, at 4.20am on Sunday.
A neighbour saw smoke and woke the man and led him to safety.
Firefighters, using four breathing apparatus and a positive pressure fan, dispersed the smoke .
There was a lot of smoke damage, but the fire was limited to the kitchen.
Crew commander Dave Morris at Atherton Fire Service, said: “We would advise against using chip pans, especially after you have had a drink and are likely to fall asleep.
“It is also important to have a working smoke alarm, as there was not one in this case, luckily a neighbour was awake and alerted him.”