Diwali celebration ends in disaster

Winchester Road, Brislington, Bristol

A flat has been left damaged by fire after a candle left burning to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, caught fire.

Firefighters could see smoke coming from the ground floor flat when they arrived on the scene.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and tackled the fire in the living room.

It appears the fire started accidentally after the woman in her 20s who lives in the flat lit the candle to celebrate Diwali and then left the premises. The candle had been placed on a bookshelf and nearby books caught light.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people celebrating Diwali never to leave candles burning unattended, always make sure they are fully extinguished after use and never place lit candles close to furnishings or curtains.

Fortunately no one was inside at the time of the fire and no one was hurt, however had the fire been at night it could have been more serious.

The flat was left damaged by fire and smoke.