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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Burton House Fire Caused by Cigarette

29/07/2011

A fire on Byrkley Road in Burton yesterday, which hospitalised a 49-year-old female, was started accidentally by a discarded cigarette.

"It is especially disappointing when a house fire occurs and a free Home Fire Risk Check could have substantially reduced the risk of a fire."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan

The fire was started in the bedroom where the woman had been smoking. The woman was also believed to have been intoxicated, which is a possible reason for the cigarette not being disposed of appropriately.

In May this year Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a similar house fire, caused by a cigarette, on Thacker Drive in Lichfield, where the woman involved sadly died.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has also revealed that the occupants had not had a free Home Fire Risk Check

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan said: "It is especially disappointing when a house fire occurs and a free Home Fire Risk Check could have substantially reduced the risk of a fire.

"During a free Home Fire Risk Check we speak to people about their everyday behaviour in the home to try and identify anything they do that may increase the risk a fire in the home. This includes people who smoke – where do they smoke? What do they do with their cigarettes once they’ve finished with them?

"We’d urge people to use proper ashtrays on flat surfaces, where they cannot be knocked over and to ensure that when they put their cigarettes out, they are fully out. We’d also encourage people not to smoke near to combustible materials, such as bedding, sofas or curtains.

"Booking a Home Fire Risk Check couldn’t be easier, you can call freephone on 0800 0241 or you can book online via our website. Anyone can have a free Home Fire Risk Check and we encourage those who have not had one yet to book theirs now. It could just save your life."

Dermot added: "Crews will be in the area for the next couple of weeks so if you do see a fire engine around your way, please feel free to have a chat to the crew who will be pleased carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check or alternatively arrange a more suitable time and date to return."