Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning residents to take care when lighting, chimeneas, barbeques and bonfires, and not to use flammable liquids, after a man was seriously injured in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
This was a really tragic incident which left a man with serious burns on around 25 per cent of his body. We are of course thinking of him and his loved ones during this distressing time and hoping he makes a fast recovery.
The Service was called to Chester Crescent at 5.49pm on Friday April 20 after reports of a house fire.
When the crew arrived they found a man with serious burns to his face and upper body. They used one hose reel jet to put out the fire which had started in the garden. The occupier was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance.
Fire investigation Officer Paul Shaw said: “This was a really tragic incident which left a man with serious burns on around 25 per cent of his body. We are of course thinking of him and his loved ones during this distressing time and hoping he makes a fast recovery.
“The resident was attempting to light a chimeneas and used a flammable liquid which caused a flash fire and resulted in his severe injuries.
“Please take care when lighting chimeneas, barbeques, or any kind of bonfire outside, and do not use flammable liquids as this will quickly cause the blaze to get out of hand. We know as the weather starts to improve residents want to enjoy barbeques and more people will be burning garden waste, but this incident is a stark reminder of how important it is to stay safe whilst doing so.”
For more information on summer and outdoor safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-outside or contact the Service’s FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.