Crews issue candle safety advice following house fire

Firefighters have issued a candle safety reminder after crews attended a house fire in Cannock recently.

We were called to an address off Strauss Drive, Cannock, at 3pm on Wednesday (1 February) following reports of a house fire. 

Crews from Burton, Cannock and Lichfield attended as did our colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Fire Service. 

On arrival, crews found a fire located in a bedroom at the property. 

All persons were accounted for. 

A woman was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation. 

A cat was also rescued by fire crews. 

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

Crews left the scene just before 8.30pm on Wednesday (1 February).

Station Manager, Liam Hickey, 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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