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5:55 PM

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Milton Keynes

5:55 PM, Thursday 17 November, 2022

Candle safety message – fire in lounge caused by candle

Ames Close, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes

Two appliances and crews from West Ashland attended.

A lit candle had fallen down the back of a sofa, within the ground floor living room of a two-storey house.

Smoke was issuing from the building when the firefighters arrived. Four people had left the building and relocated to the safety of a neighbour’s home

The firefighters used:

  • Two sets of breathing apparatus
  • One hose reel
  • A positive pressure ventilation fan
  • A short extension ladder
  • A thermal imaging camera

The ground floor was 50 per cent damaged by fire and the entire house was smoke logged.

The firefighters returned to the property later in the evening to carry out a reinspection and installed new smoke detectors.

Burning candles can create a lovely atmosphere and bring a warm glow to your home - however, as this incident shows, their naked flame can be a fire risk!

Battery operated candles can be a great alternative, but if they are not for you just yet, then we have some top tips available in our Safety Advice Hub which could help reduce the risk of fire breaking out in your home as a result of a burning candle.