Hamster reunited with owner alive and well after Bolton student flats fire

The Cube fire

There was a horrific fire last Friday at a block of student flats in Bolton that saw two people injured and hundreds of student's homes destroyed.

The fire quickly spread up and across The Cube student block close to Bolton's city centre and a huge evacuation took place at around 8:30pm.

All occupants got out safely but it took 40 fire engines, specialist appliances and 200 firefighters all night to control the blaze.

The Cube fire

An investigation is due to begin soon to establish the cause of the fire and the effect that the cladding had on the quick spread of the fire itself.

The only good news to come out of the horrific incident is that there were no deaths, but we were delighted to find out today that one living being in particular had survived the blaze.

Big Roger

A hamster named Roger was rescued by the emergency services and reunited with his owner yesterday – after his owner's pal managed to get him out of the building and into a Travelodge on the night of the fire.

Melissa McGariggle, Roger's owner was delighted to see her beloved hamster alive again and even went viral on twitter upon discovering a photo of him being rescued.

Speaking to The Manc about being reunited with her pal Roger, the student said: "He doesn’t seem bothered at all by the fire he’s probably just glad he got to have his wheel the entire night."

"He’s been spoiled since we got him back, Sainsbury’s was the closest shop with hamster stuff so he’s living it up... no B&M for him now."

Melissa got Roger in September when she moved into Bolton uni – where he quickly became a legend and was present at all of their pre-drinks.

Melissa and her boyfriend

Thankfully, he's now back living with his foster parents in temporary residence at the Whites Hotel in Bolton where they are living "the high life".

We're glad Melissa was able to receive this good news at a time of uncertainty for both her and her partner's future living arrangements and we wish the happy family (especially Roger) the best of luck!

We also send our continued support to all of the students affected by the fire and hope as many as possible can soon find new permanent homes.

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