Tea lights start shop fire

Cheltenham Road, Bristol

Crews dealt with a small fire in a shop window which is thought to have been caused by a tealight.

Firefighters from Temple and Southmead fire stations were alerted to reports of the fire, and once on scene could see a wooden candle holder smouldering in the window.

It is believed a tea light had been left burning during the evening and the heat of the metal casing had been sufficient to set alight the wooden holder and crack the shop window.

Crews gained entry to the premise and used a high pressure hose reel to deal with the small blaze. A positive pressure ventilation fan was then used to clear smoke logging.

With Diwali, the Festival of Lights, starting on Friday 5 November, and the Christmas season fast approaching, Avon Fire & Rescue Service is urging particular caution with candles. Here are our top tips:

  • Take extra care with tea lights as the base gets extremely hot and can easily burn through plastic or wood. They should always be placed in a non-flammable tea light holder.
  • Candles should never be left unattended. If you go out, make sure you blow them out.
  • Make sure candles aren't placed too near to curtains or furniture. It's very easy for material to catch fire, with devastating consequences.