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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Candle Starts Bedroom Fire in Burton

26/09/2012

Two men had a lucky escape from a bedroom fire in the early hours of this morning in Burton.

“The fire appears to have started due to careless placement of a candle which has then set items in a bedroom alight, causing extensive damage. A fatal fire last year in Staffordshire was caused by candles."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels.

Two crews from Burton were called to South Oak Street at 2.09am and on arrival found two 27-year-old males suffering from smoke inhalation outside.

Firefighters entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and used hose reel jets to tackle the fire in a first floor bedroom.

They also discovered a smoke alarm on the first floor had been partially dismantled and did not therefore work.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: “The fire appears to have started due to careless placement of a candle which has then set items in a bedroom alight, causing extensive damage. A fatal fire last year in Staffordshire was caused by candles.

“We would urge anyone using candles to ensure that they are in appropriate holders and are not placed on top of TVs or close to any combustible materials, such as curtains or bedding. We would also advise that candles are never left unattended and are extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed.”

The two men were taken to hospital for precautionary checks and crews left the scene at 3.32am.

Crews will be returning to the area over the coming days posting After the Fire literature to surrounding properties, offering residents free Home Fire Risk Checks.

Mick added: “It is essential that people have working smoke alarms on every level of the home. There is no excuse not to have any as we will provide and fit them free of charge.”