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Tealight teen sparks severe house fire in Manchester

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 05 April 2015

FIREFIGHTERS are asking people to take care with tea lights after family of four narrowly escaped injuries following a blaze in Manchester this morning, April 5, 2015.

A crew from Moss Side Fire Station were sent to a house on Roseberry Street at 3.10am following reports of a fire in the bedroom of the home.

Watch Manager Paul Hesford, said: “A thirteen-year-old girl had lit a tea light and placed it directly on a speaker unit.

“The candle burnt through the speaker unit, set fire to the floor in the bedroom and caused severe smoke damage throughout the house.

“Thankfully the property had hardwired smoke alarms and the family managed to escape the house just before we arrived.

“If you enjoy lighting candles you must make sure they are in an appropriate candle holder which can resist heat.

“The bottom of a tea light can get extremely hot, it will melt through plastic and it will start a fire.”

The crew used four firefighters in breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze which they managed to confine to the bedroom where it started.

Staff and volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be in the area today offering reassurance and fire safety advice to residents.

For more fire safety advice or to book a free Home Safety Check to help keep you and your family safe call 0800 555 815 or visit

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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