Unattended candles spark fire

Gullimore Gardens, Hartcliffe, Bristol

A couple had a lucky escape after candles left burning unattended in a bedroom fell down behind a bed.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and tackled the fire on the first floor using a high pressure hose reel.

The couple, who were in their 30s, were already out of the house and unhurt, however the man was suffering from smoke inhalation and was given oxygen therapy by ambulance crews. He did not go to hospital.

The fire started accidentally and caused damage to a bed and bedside table.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when using candles. Never leave burning candles unattended and always ensure they are placed well away from curtains and furnishings.