Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service called to flat fire

Firefighter in breathing apparatus tackling red flames

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Hobs Road, Lichfield on November 14 at around 1.10pm following reports of a fire at a flat.

It is believed the fire was caused by an accidental ignition of a candle.

Crews from Lichfield, Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia and Burton-upon-Trent attended the incident.

Two residents were treated by ambulance staff for smoke inhalation.

Mark Walchester, Head of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Candles, incense or Bukhoor can help create a nice atmosphere and discard bad smells in your home but they can be a fire hazard.

"Please make sure you never leave, candles, incense or Bukhoor unattended. You should always use a holder or a burner, which should be put on a flat, non-flammable surface.

"Keep candles, incense or Bukhoor out of reach of children and when you have finished with an incense stick douse the tip in water and break it off."

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