Candle warning after bungalow is damaged by fire

Tue 14 Mar, 2017

Firefighters are urging people to take care with candles after a fire in Soulbury yesterday (Monday 13 March) afternoon.

Crews from Bletchley, Broughton and Leighton Buzzard were called to the incident, in a bungalow in High Road, shortly before 3.30pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to put out the fire and a fan to clear the smoke. The bedroom was severely damaged and there was heavy smoke damage throughout the bungalow.

Station Commander Jeremy Williams, who also attended the incident, said: “We believe the most likely cause was a candle which was on a desk in a bedroom. The occupier thought she had put it out before she went for a walk, but unfortunately we think it was still burning and she came back to find her home alight."

Paramedics treated her at the scene for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Jeremy offered the following safety advice:

  • Lit candles should be placed carefully in proper holders, away from flammable objects such as curtains, furniture, clothes, bedding and books.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended. Put them out when you leave the room. Use a snuffer or a spoon, as sparks can fly if you blow them out
  • Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children.
  • Do not move candles once they are lit.
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of draughts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot and dripping.
  • Always put scented candles in a heat-resistant holder. These candles are designed to turn to liquid when heated to maximise fragrance.
  • Fit smoke alarms and test them regularly. Working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur. Practise your escape route.
  • To arrange from a free safety check in your home, ring 01296 744477 or email
  • Click here for an A4 poster containing candle safety advice.