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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning About Use of Candles

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is again warning people about the dangers of using candles following another house fire. 

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled a fire in a bedroom at a house on Stoneydelph, Tamworth on Monday evening. The fire was most probably caused by an unattended candle.

The blaze caused severe damage to the bedroom as well as significant smoke damage throughout the first floor. There were no smoke alarms fitted in the house. 

Earlier this month fire and rescue crews tackled fires at a flat on Silverdale, Stoke-on-Tent and a house in Stafford that were both caused by candles.

Fire investigation officer Al Bateman said: “Our investigation has shown that the most probable cause of the fire was a tea light left unattended on a plastic surface. We would urge anyone using candles to ensure that they are in appropriate holders and are not placed on top of TVs or plastic surfaces 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 from Tamworth left the scene at 22.56.