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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Unattended Tea Light Starts Bathroom Fire

19/06/2012

An unattended tea light left on a wicker basket started a fire in the bathroom of a property on Catkin Walk in Rugeley just before midday yesterday.

 "We would urge anyone using tea lights to ensure they are placed on an appropriate dish."

Station Manager, Mark Chaplin

Two crews from Rugeley were called to the semi-detached property and found the occupants waiting outside.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and found a wicker laundry basket, its contents and the bathtub on fire in the bathroom. The property had no working smoke alarms.

They used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and after speaking to the homeowner established that a tea light had been left lit and unattended on top of the wicker basket.

Station Manager, Mark Chaplin said: "We would urge anyone using tea lights to ensure they are placed on an appropriate dish, such as a ceramic plate, and placed on heat-resistant surfaces only.

"We would also advise that tea lights are extinguished if you are leaving the room and not left to burn unattended. The property did not have working smoke alarms and had not received a free Home Fire Risk Check from us, it was just lucky that the occupant noticed the fire and had left the bathroom door closed which prevented further spread.

"We encourage anyone who has not had one yet to call us now on 0800 0241 999 and book one. It could just save your life."