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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Attend Third Clothing Fire Incident

18/02/2013

Firefighters in East Staffordshire have attended a third incident involving clothing catching fire. This follows similar incidents in Tamworth and Abbots Bromley in recent weeks.

"It isn’t something people would necessarily think to check – ‘are my trousers touching a light bulb’, however it is something that can start a fire."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Crews from Tutbury and Burton were called to Ludgate Street in Tutbury at 5.45pm on Valentine’s Day after the occupant found a pair of trousers on fire in the house.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: “The fire was out on our arrival however it started after clothing had been left drying too close to a light fitting. There were various items of clothing which had been left drying around the house but the trousers had been draped over a door and were partly on top of a lamp. The trousers caught fire due to the heat from the light bulb and a hole was burnt into the trousers.

“Although this incident didn’t involve a heating appliance being used to dry clothing it is a similar situation in that it again involves clothing being dried inside the home. It isn’t something people would necessarily think to check – ‘are my trousers touching a light bulb’, however it is something that can start a fire and it was lucky the lady spotted the fire.

“We’d like to remind people again to please be careful when they are drying clothing in the home, whether they’re using a tumble dryer or leaving clothing to dry naturally. Just take a few moments to assess the surroundings before leaving the clothing – it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Firefighters left the scene around an hour after arriving; they also carried out a free Home Fire Risk Check whilst they were there.