Smokers urged to safely dispose of cigarettes after garden fire

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Firefighters are reminding smokers to ensure they safely dispose of their cigarettes after a garden fire in Stafford yesterday (Wednesday 11 May).

Crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to a residential address on West Way.

The fire was out on arrival and thankfully no-one was injured.

Following an assessment, the cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental ignition, as a result of a discarded cigarette catching fire within a porch.

The fire then spread to a nearby wooden trellis and an electric cable.

Crews ensured the area was safe before departing at 3.45pm.

It comes as a similar incident was reported in Tamworth on Monday (9 May), in which a shed caught fire as a result of discarded cigarettes.

Watch Manager Daniel Stredder, who attended the property fire, said: “Smokers should be mindful of how they discard these items and be aware of their surroundings when handling a naked flame.

“Before you get rid of your cigarette, ensure it is completely extinguished.

“Use an ashtray for your waste and wait until the contents are completely cool before discarding them in a tightly sealed waste bag.”

More information on smoking and e-cigarettes can be found on our website: Smoking and e-cigarettes (staffordshirefire.gov.uk)

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