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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire caused by cigarette

11/07/2014

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

A bungalow fire in Amington, Tamworth, started after a cigarette ignited a settee.

"Following a joint fire and police investigation we believe this incident to be accidental, caused by a lit cigarette falling onto a settee and setting it alight." 

Fire Investigation Officer Tim Hollingworth

An investigation has found that the incident, which broke out in the living room of the property at Longlands Drive, was accidental.

Firefighters arrived at the property shortly after 8am on Monday, July 7. An 86-year-old lady was discovered in the bungalow but sadly, she had already passed away.

Fire Investigation Officer Tim Hollingworth said: "Following a joint fire and police investigation we believe this incident to be accidental, caused by a lit cigarette falling onto a settee and setting it alight.  

"This tragic accident serves to highlight the potential dangers of smoking inside a property, how quickly such blazes can spread and the devastating consequences they can reap. Cigarettes burn at 700 degrees Celsius and can easily set combustible items alight."