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Candle safety warning after Croydon flat fire

17/08/2017 16:54
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a candle safety warning after a fire at a flat in Columbine Avenue in South Croydon.

Part of a first floor flat was damaged by fire. The occupant of the property was not home at the time of the fire and the alarm was raised by a passer-by who saw smoke coming from the window.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a candle left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Top candle safety tips

  • Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.
  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.
  • Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
  • Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.
  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets

The Brigade was called at 1654 and the fire was under control at 1729. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Croydon, Purley and Woodside fire stations attended the scene.