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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Accidentally Sets Himself on Fire

24/03/2011

A 44-year-old man has accidentally set himself on fire this morning outside allotments off Kimberley Street in Goms Mill, Longton.

"The safety message here is not to use accelerants to get fires going, as the fumes are invisible but still flammable."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The man had been burning garden rubbish outside and had used an accelerant to get the fire started. Fumes from the accelerant soaked into his clothing and this accidentally caught fire, causing the man to suffer from burns.

A neighbour came to his aid and poured soil over him to put the fire out and also extinguished the burning garden rubbish. One crew from Longton attended the incident at 9.30am and the man has since been taken to hospital.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The safety message here is not to use accelerants to get fires going, as the fumes are invisible but still flammable. The vapours soaked into the man’s clothing and as there was an ignition source nearby, set on fire very quickly.

"The man has suffered from burns and is now in hospital so we would urge anyone who does intend to burn items to do so in a controlled manner, which involves not using accelerants to aid the fire and making sure the fire is a safe distance away from any property, hedges or flammable materials."

Crews left the incident at 10.25am.