Unattended candle sparks fire

West Street, Bedminster, Bristol

Firefighters have tackled a fire believed to have been started by a candle left burning unattended.

When crews arrived they found the fire on the second floor of the property. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one high pressure hose reel. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear the smoke.

It appears the occupant, a man in his 40s, was alerted to the fire after his smoke alarm activated, giving him time to escape the premises safely.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally after the candle was left burning on a monitor, it melted down and caught fire.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when using candles. Always extinguish them after use, keep them away from furnishings and curtains and always use a suitable container as they can get very hot and catch fire.