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Firefighters urge candle safety after accidental house fire

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 17 June 2016

FIREFIGHTERS are warning of the dangers of candles following a house fire in Bolton today.

Three fire engines from Bolton North and Bolton Central attended the incident at the semi-detached house on Crompton Way just after 6am on Friday, June 17, 2016, with two people reported to be inside the house.

Station Manager Craig Pinder, who attended the incident, said: “When the fire crew arrived the fire was already out, a man and woman were treated for slight burns and taken to hospital by North West Ambulance Service.

“Our investigations indicate that the fire was started by an unattended candle and we urge people to take extra care when using them.”

David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We want to remind people to never leave a candle unattended and to remember to extinguish before you go to sleep.

“Candles should never be played with and be kept well out of reach of children or pets, and if there is a room where you usually burn candles, consider adding an extra smoke alarm in that room.”

For further fire safety advice, including how to use candles safely at home, please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Safe and Well visit, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.

Last update: 17/06/2016 11:08:50
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