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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kinver Fire Started Accidentally

13/09/2011

A fire off the High Street in Kinver last night was started accidentally following the careless disposal of a cigarette.

"We would urge smokers to ensure they take responsibility for their actions and dispose of smoking materials safely."

Station Manager, Paul Richins

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out a fire investigation this morning to confirm the cause after a 21 year old man came forward and said he thought his cigarette may have started the fire.

Station Manager Paul Richins, who carried out the fire investigation said: "A cigarette had been flicked over a fence and landed amongst some rubbish. The rubbish caught fire and due to the windy conditions the fire quickly spread to six large trees, three sheds and a garage.

"A young man had been in the area with some friends playing bowls and said he had thrown his cigarette over the fence and as soon as he noticed the fire, attempted to put it out himself.

"When he realised he wouldn’t be able to put the fire out himself, he called the fire service which meant we were able to get there in good time to prevent the fire from spreading any further.

"Whilst we appreciate that fact that this man has come forward and admitted his mistake, this was a fire that could have been avoided had the cigarette been disposed of appropriately. The sheds and garage involved have been completed gutted and there was the danger of the fire spreading to nearby houses.

"We would urge smokers to ensure they take responsibility for their actions and dispose of smoking materials safely."