Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Bedroom fire caused by unattended candle

Orwell Road, Clacton
10/09/2018 @ 02:50
Incident Number: 86044
In attendance: 2 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley

Firefighters were called to a fire in a three storey residential building early this morning (Monday 10 September).

When firefighters arrived they checked all residents were out of the building and then managed to quickly extinguish the fire. The fire was located in a self-contained bedroom on the first floor of the building.

Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to any other room in the building. The fire has severely damaged the room but no other room was damaged in the fire.

The ground and first floor rooms are now without power due to the electrics being damaged by the fire. The residents affected were left in the care of the Red Cross who provided welfare support and assisted with re-housing.

One person was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care when using candles:

• Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
• Children should not be left alone with lit candles.
• Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
• Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
• Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
• Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
• Don’t move candles once they are lit.
• Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.
• Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring.

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