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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Christmas Tree Catches Fire

A 38-year-old man suffered burns to his hand after throwing his Christmas tree on an open fire.

Two appliances from Cannock and one from Bloxwich attended the incident on Walsall Road in Great Wyrley last night.

"The bigger the item the bigger the risk, because the potential is there for large items to catch fire and set other things alight."

Neil Burton, Station Manager

The man's wife telephoned emergency services at 8.20pm to report her spouse was inside the property still trying to extinguish the accidental blaze.

Station Manager, Neil Burton, said: “We would advise people not to try and burn large unsuitable items on a domestic fire.

"Domestic fireplaces are designed for small contained fires using fuels such as coal or logs cut to an appropriate size.

"Old Christmas trees in particular are a major fire hazard, they burn very quickly as they are full of resin.

"The bigger the item the bigger the risk, because the potential is there for large items to catch fire and set other things alight.

"People should get rid of their Christmas trees properly by taking them to their nearest council waste disposal site or recycling plant."

The male casualty was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics after sustaining burning to his fingers. He did not require hospital treatment.

Crews remained at the incident to carry out a home fire risk check.