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House fire sparks safety warning

10/03/2014

A house blaze in Cannock has sparked a call from firefighters for people to ensure candles are not left burning when they leave their property.

"I would urge people to always check and then double check that any candles are completely out before leaving the house. Tea-lights may be small but they can cause major damage if they set light to curtains, settees or, in this case, bedding. It was very lucky that the residents returned to the house when they did – the situation could have been much worse if they had not." 

Station Manager Tim Hollingworth

The warning follows a fire which broke out in a bedroom at a bungalow on Watling Street on Saturday.

It is believed that the blaze was caused when a tea-light set fire to bedding.

No one was in the property at the time but the residents alerted the fire service when they returned to the house.

Two crews from Cannock used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to put the fire out. They arrived at the scene at 4.55pm and left at 6.16pm. One occupant received Oxygen therapy.

Station Manager Tim Hollingworth said: "I would urge people to always check and then double check that any candles are completely out before leaving the house. Tea-lights may be small but they can cause major damage if they set light to curtains, settees or, in this case, bedding. It was very lucky that the residents returned to the house when they did – the situation could have been much worse if they had not."