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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman Has Lucky Escape From Candle Fire

22/08/017

A woman has had a lucky escape from a house fire started by candles.

The 61-year-old was rescued by firefighters from a first floor rear bedroom during the incident on Cinder Hill Lane, Coven on Saturday morning.

The emergency call was received at 7.34am and two engines from Fallings Park and one from Cannock attended the incident.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms, had the woman not happened to hear the windows breaking we may have been reporting a very different story. This incident also highlights the dangers of leaving candles to burn; you should always put them out once you have finished using them and also ensure they are positioned away from materials, such as curtains.” - Station Manager Gary Fox

The woman was suffering from smoke inhalation and was given oxygen therapy by firefighters before being taken to New Cross Hospital by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The property is currently uninhabitable as the incident caused fire damage to the lounge and smoke damage throughout the property. A fire investigation established that the fire was caused by a candle which had been left to burn on a windowsill and had set the curtains on fire, before spreading to the rest of the lounge.

Station Manager Gary Fox said: “The woman had an extremely lucky escape as she had no smoke alarms fitted. She was upstairs and happened to hear the front window breaking, which is what alerted her to the fire. At that point though it was too late as the stairs exited into the lounge and so she was unable to escape.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms, had the woman not happened to hear the windows breaking we may have been reporting a very different story. This incident also highlights the dangers of leaving candles to burn; you should always put them out once you have finished using them and also ensure they are positioned away from materials, such as curtains.”

Firefighters have posted letters to nearby residents, alerting them to the incident and offering them a free Safe and Well visit which can be booked by calling 0800 0241 999.