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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hot Ash Causes Severe Shed Fire

01/03/2013

Firefighters have issued a warning to Staffordshire residents following an incident in Codsall where hot ash from a fire was put into a wheelie bin.

 

“We’d recommend leaving ash to cool overnight in a metal container so that you know it is definitely not hot enough to set your bin on fire.”

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

The ashes set the wheelie bin alight and the fire spread to a nearby shed as well as scorching the sides of the house and the neighbouring property.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: “Hot ash should never be put into wheelie bins and should always be placed into a metal container until it is properly cooled. Ash ideally should be left for a day to cool properly so even if you think it’s probably ok, put it into a metal container first and leave it in there just in case.

“It’s better to be overly cautious with hot ash because as this incident demonstrated, it doesn’t take much to start a severe fire which has caused a lot of damage. Thankfully the fire was spotted and called in to us before it could spread further; otherwise it’s likely the two houses would have been more severely damaged.

“We’d recommend leaving ash to cool overnight in a metal container so that you know it is definitely not hot enough to set your bin on fire.”