Candle safety reminder following flat fire

We have issued a candle safety reminder after firefighters attended a flat fire in Stoke-on-Trent this morning (29 November).

We were called to an address on Christchurch Street in Fenton just after 7am following reports of a fire on the second floor of the property.

Three crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle were sent to the scene. The occupiers were all accounted for and no one was reported injured.

We used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and ventilation equipment to clear the building of excess smoke.

Following an inspection, we believe that the fire was caused by accidental ignition from a candle.

Station Manager Dan Keeling, said, “It’s really important you never leave candles unattended and keep them away from anything that could catch fire such as curtains, furniture or clothes.

"We recommend swapping traditional candles for LED flameless ones as they are much safer, but if you do use real candles, follow the simple safety tips shared on our website.”

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