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Cigarette fire sparks new plea

January 10 2018
Firefighters attending an incident

Firefighters attending an incident

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to discard smoking materials carefully following a flat fire in Stafford.

The fire investigation found this blaze was started by a discarded cigarette which unfortunately is something we are seeing more frequently. This incident involved an elderly man and smoking, two factors highlighted in our SAME campaign along with alcohol and mobility issues, all of which increase the likelihood of dying in a fire.

Fire Investigation Officer Paul Shaw

Rising Brook and Stafford crews were called to Laurel Grove at 12.39am on January 10 to reports of a fire in the lounge. The crews wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

One casualty, an elderly man living in the property, was treated by ambulance staff for minor smoke inhalation.

Fire Investigation Officer Paul Shaw said: “The fire investigation found this blaze was started by a discarded cigarette which unfortunately is something we are seeing more frequently. This incident involved an elderly man and smoking, two factors highlighted in our SAME campaign along with alcohol and mobility issues, all of which increase the likelihood of dying in a fire.

“Fortunately the resident only suffered minor smoke inhalation and did not have any more serious injuries which could easily have been the case.

“Please ensure you dispose of smoking materials in an appropriate ashtray which is emptied regularly. Always try to avoid smoking in bed as this increases the likelihood of falling asleep with a lit cigarette.”

For  safety advice contact our FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.