A fire, in which a lady later died, was accidentally started by a cigarette lighter, a fire investigation has established.
“We have established that the fire was caused by a refillable butane cigarette lighter, which accidentally caught alight to the lady’s clothing."
Fire Investigation Officer Paul Richins
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the incident on Ashbourne Road, Uttoxeter shortly after 7.30pm on Monday evening.
The 87-year-old involved in the fire was taken to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham with serious burns but sadly she later died.
Fire Investigation Officer Paul Richins said: “We have established that the fire was caused by a refillable butane cigarette lighter, which accidentally caught alight to the lady’s clothing.
“Unfortunately this is the fourth fatal fire in Staffordshire since last April that has started as a result of smoking materials. This is a picture reflected nationally with one person dying every three days as a result of a fire started by smoking materials.
Eastern Service Delivery Group Lead Tim Hyde said: “We are keen to visit the homes of all elderly people in the county to ensure they are as safe as possible from fire in their homes. We have already visited thousands of elderly people but sadly this lady was not one we had been made aware of. We urge people to let us know of elderly friends, relatives and neighbours who have not received a visit from us to get in touch. A quick call to our FREEPHONE number 0800 0241 999 and we can arrange a convenient time to visit.”
Firefighters and community safety officers will be in the local area in the coming days offering free Home Fire Risk Checks to local residents.