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Service re-issue warning following Stafford house fire

March 28 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to care extra care when using candles in their homes following another fire in Stafford.

The couple smelt smoke just as the smoke alarms started to sound. They left the building straight away and called us which is exactly what we advise residents to do.

Station Manager Gary Fox

Crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to Common Road on Tuesday March 27 at 10.08pm to reports of a fire in the living room of the semi-detached house. 

The firefighters wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze which a fire investigation concluded was started by a candle. 

Station Manager Gary Fox said: “The couple smelt smoke just as the smoke alarms started to sound. They left the building straight away and called us which is exactly what we advise residents to do. 

“Neither of them were injured during the incident and this is largely because they closed the door to the living room when they went to bed. This isolated the smoke and prevented it from reaching the rest of the property, and also confined the damage to the lounge. This meant their escape route was also still clear because the smoke was not able to spread to the hall. We would strongly encourage all residents to close their internal doors at night. 

“We believe the occupiers had lit candles in the evening and thought they had extinguished them all before going to bed but it would appear one was not put out properly and therefore caused the blaze. We urge residents to take care when using candles, place them on a candle plate, keep them away from flammable items and ensure they are completely extinguished .” 

For more information on home safety call the Service’s FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 or visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home/