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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Following Two Incidents Involving Candles

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the dangers of candles following two fires involving candles in the past five days.

"We advise that candles are never left unattended and are extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed."

Station Manager Phil Smith

The first incident happened on Duke Place in Silverdale on Friday evening at around 5.30pm.

Fire and rescue crews from Newcastle and Hanley attended the incident which involved a fire in the living room of a first floor flat.

Firefighters had to force entry to the property as there was nobody inside when the fire started.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze which was started accidentally due to a tea light being left burning on top of a television which eventually caught fire.

The incident was closed at 7.07pm.

Fire and rescue crews from Stafford and Rising Brook were called to a house fire on Shrewsbury Road in Stafford at 1.53pm on Monday.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire that had started in a first floor bedroom and was caused due to a candle being placed on a wardrobe without a suitable holder.

Station Manager Phil Smith said: "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."

Firefighters left the scene at 3.58pm.