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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Winshill

Firefighters from Burton were called to a house fire at Edmunton Place, Winshill at 8.40 am this morning.

"The Fire Service urge all members of the public to ensure that when using oil burners and candles, they make sure that they are placed well away from any flammable materials and are in the correct candle holders."

Brian Griffiths, Assistant Area Commander for East Staffordshire

There had been a small fire in the kitchen of the semi-detached property which was out on arrival. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the fire had been started by a small oil burner that had been placed on the kitchen window sill as part of a daily religious routine.

The burner had then been left unattended and the occupier was alerted to the fire by the sound of his smoke alarm operating. He extinguished the fire himself, left the property and called the Fire Service.

Brian Griffiths, Assistant Area Commander for East Staffordshire said: "On this occasion, the fire only caused minor damage to the kitchen utensils but this incident clearly highlights the dangers of leaving naked flames that are used for religious purposes or otherwise, next to flammable materials and unattended.

"Fortunately the occupier had a working smoke alarm fitted which alerted him to the fire, allowing him time to safely extinguish it and to leave the property uninjured."

The burning of oils and candles is practiced by many religious faiths, however the Fire Service urge all members of the public to ensure that when using these types of oil burners and candles, they make sure that they are placed well away from any flammable materials and are in the correct candle holders.

The incident was closed at 9.15 am.