Warning over candle use after small bathroom fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to be vigilant when using candles after a fire started in a bathroom in Stoke-on-Trent.

Crews from Hanley and Longton attended a property near Werrington Road, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 3.55pm on Thursday (27 January).

On arrival, the fire had been extinguished. No one was hurt.

It is believed the fire started accidentally as a result of an unattended candle having been left on a showering unit.

Crews left the scene at around 4.50pm.

Howard Watts, Director of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Please make sure you never leave candles or incense unattended.

“You should always use a holder or a burner, which should be put on a flat, non-flammable surface.

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

For more information around candle safety, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website.