Accidental shed fire caused by discarded cigarettes

Smoking cigarette

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging caution over the use of cigarettes following a fire in Tamworth.

Firefighters were called to an address off Chesterton Way yesterday (Monday 9 May) at around 7.45pm.  

Crews from Cannock Chase, Lichfield and Tamworth attended.

On arrival, crews found a shed on fire.

Two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire.

Gas and electrics were also isolated following the fire.

No one was injured.

The fire was deemed to be caused accidentally as a result of discarded cigarettes.

Crews left the incident at around 10.50pm.

Jordan Money, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has this advice on how to stay safe at home if you are smoking.

“Fires caused by smoking materials are the biggest killers in accidental house fires. Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.

“If you smoke in your home, we urge you to be cautious and make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and carefully disposed of.

“Never smoke in bed – you could easily doze off and set your bed on fire.

“Always use a proper ashtray which is made of material which can’t burn or tip over.

“Take extra care when you’re tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning.

“Keep matches and lighters away from children – consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes to reduce the risk.”

For more information on smoking and e-cigarettes safety, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website.