Firefighters tackle house fire in Hebburn after candle starts blaze

The importance of ensuring a candles are used safely has been stressed by firefighters after a bedroom blaze caused when a flame caught clothing on the back of a door.

By Fiona Thompson
Monday, 8th February 2021, 2:59 pm

Crews from Hebburn and South Shields were sent to Johnston Street in Hebburn just before 8pm yesterday, Sunday, February 7, following reports of a fire.

A tealight had been left on top of a unit close to a door, with the flame spreading to clothes on the back of a door.

The teams used a hose reel to put out the blaze, which left the room damaged by smoke.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service shared these photos following the house fire.

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The fire service is urging people to ensure they have working smoke alarms as it sets out advice about using candles.

A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 7.53pm, we received reports of a house fire on Johnston Street.

"Crews from Hebburn and South Shields attended and extinguished the fire using a hose reel.

"They also used ventilation equipment to clear the smoke.

“Thankfully, no one was injured but parts of the bedroom were severely damaged by the fire and moderately damaged by smoke.”

The service has said candles should only be used in a sturdy holder and on a flat surface, should be kept away from anything flammable and any draughts and never be left unattended or moved when it is lit.

The service recommends people use battery-powered candles.

It has stressed the importance of having working smoke alarms, which offer vital early warning of any fire.

The service offers advice to householders on how to stay safe, with more information about its home fire safety checks available via https://www.twfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/home/home-safety-checks/.

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