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Warning to keep accelerants in safe location following garage fire

January 21 2020

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to keep any accelerants in a safe location following a fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme which left a teenager injured.

Please ensure any accelerants or other flammable materials are kept in an appropriate container and away from possible ignition sources.

Station Manager Ed Case

Crews from Newcastle and Hanley were called to St Vincent Place at 5.35pm on Monday 20 January to reports of a fire in wooden garage.

The firefighters found the building well alight and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze which left a 16-year-old boy with minor burns to his hands.

A fire investigation was carried out and found the incident was caused by accelerants igniting within the shed.

Station Manager Ed Case said: “Please ensure any accelerants or other flammable liquids are kept in an appropriate container and away from possible ignition sources.

“This fire did begin to spread to other sheds in the area but the damage was only superficial and we got the blaze under control very quickly.

“Fortunately the boy’s injuries are not more serious which could have been the case.”