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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoking in Bed Causes Flat Fire in Norton Canes

27/06/2012

A first floor flat fire started on Yew Tree Close in Norton Canes after a woman had been smoking in bed.

"We’d urge smokers not to smoke in bed as it is incredibly dangerous and can quite easily start a fire."

Station Manager, Neil Burton

Two crews from Cannock and one crew from Chase Terrace were called to the property at 10.40pm last night and found two women, a mother and her daughter waiting outside.

The women were suffering from smoke inhalation and were treated on scene before being taken to hospital.

Station Manager, Neil Burton said: "The woman had been smoking in bed and must have fallen asleep. The cigarette set fire to the bed but luckily the woman and her daughter were able to get out before the fire progressed.

"They were both extremely lucky to escape the fire without injury or more serious harm.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. We’d urge smokers not to smoke in bed as it is incredibly dangerous and can quite easily start a fire.

"We 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."

Crews left the scene at 11.45pm.