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Warning after candle causes house fire in Burslem

February 7 2018
House fire at High Lane, Burslem

House fire at High Lane, Burslem

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to be careful when using candles following a house fire in Burslem.

“Fortunately this property had working smoke alarms and the family were alerted to the fire early on which meant we were called at the earliest opportunity. Although there is significant damage to the bedroom where the fire started, the smoke alarms and the fact the internal doors were closed, prevented it from being far worse.

“Thankfully in this case no one was hurt but this incident serves as a stark reminder not to leave lit candles anywhere near flammable items and to always keep them in an appropriate holder.”

Group Manager Ian Housley

Crews from Hanley and Sandyford were called to High Lane at 7.08pm on Thursday February 1 following reports of a fire in a first floor bedroom of the semi-detached home. The firefighters wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

A fire investigation found the fire was caused by a candle which had been left too close to a television and clothing.

Group Manager Ian Housley said: “Fortunately this property had working smoke alarms and the family were alerted to the fire early on which meant we were called at the earliest opportunity. Although there is significant damage to the bedroom where the fire started, the smoke alarms and the fact the internal doors were closed, prevented it from being far worse.

“Thankfully in this case no one was hurt but this incident serves as a stark reminder not to leave lit candles anywhere near flammable items and to always keep them in an appropriate holder.”

For more safety advice call the Service’s FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.