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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Unattended Candles Cause TV Fire

24/06/2011

Rising Brook firefighters were called to a fire involving a TV at 7.50pm last night at a property on Edmund Avenue in Castle Bank, Stafford.

"We would urge people who enjoy using candles to ensure they are never left burning unattended."

Rising Brook Watch Manager, Damian Armstrong

On arrival, crews found a 45-year-old woman outside with the burning TV in the garden. The woman sustained slight burns to her hands after taking the TV outside.

Crews dealt with the incident and after speaking to the woman it transpired that candles had been left burning unattended near to the TV.

Rising Brook Watch Manager, Damian Armstrong said: "It would appear that unattended candles had set the TV on fire, which the occupier then noticed and attempted to move the TV outside, burning her hand in the process.

"We would urge people who enjoy using candles to ensure they are never left burning unattended, not even if you’re only popping out of the room for a short while, as it doesn’t take long for a fire to start.

"Candles should be kept well away from any combustible materials and should never be put on top of or near to TVs. Always make sure candles are properly extinguished before leaving the property or going to bed."

The incident was closed at 8.20pm.