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Discarded cigarette causes fire

May 18 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to dispose of cigarettes correctly after a fire in Burton-upon-Trent.

We believe one of the occupiers discarded a cigarette out of the bathroom window and this landed on the shed and caused it to ignite. The residents got out of the property straight away and stayed outside after calling us, which is exactly what we advise residents to do.

Fire Investigation Officer John Kitchener

The Service was called to Uxbridge Street at 2.10pm on Thursday May 17 when the residents saw the shed outside alight. Crews from Burton and Barton-under-Needwood attended; two firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to put out the blaze. 

Following a fire investigation it is believed a discarded cigarette caused the shed to ignite and the flames then spread to a nearby window of the house. 

Fire investigation Officer John Kitchener said: “We believe one of the occupiers discarded a cigarette out of the bathroom window and this landed on the shed and caused it to ignite. The residents got out of the property straight away and stayed outside after calling us, which is exactly what we advise residents to do. 

“Fortunately no one was hurt during this incident and the fire only spread to the UPVC window. Please ensure you dispose of any smoking materials correctly, in an appropriate ashtray which is emptied regularly. 

“Inappropriately disposed smoking materials are one of the main causes of fatal house fires, along with alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly, which gives the acronym of our SAME campaign which highlights the increased risk to life these four factors bring. 

“This incident could easily have been avoided - the couple are very lucky they weren’t injured and that only minimal damage was caused to their home.”