Cigarette causes shed fire
Primrose Hill, Chelmsford
15/06/2020 @ 16:37
Incident Number: 124849
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford
Firefighters have issued safety advice after a cigarette end set fire to a shed in Chelmsford.
Crews were called to Primrose Hill in Chelmsford at 4:37pm to reports of a shed fire.
On arrival, crews reported that a shed was alight with two helium cylinders inside.
Firefighters worked to remove the cylinders and extinguished the fire by 4:49pm.
The shed and nearby fence panels suffered some fire and smoke damage.
Crews believe the fire was caused by a cigarette that was not properly stubbed out.
Watch Manager Paul Mayes from Chelmsford Fire Station said: “ We recommend extinguishing cigarettes safely and if you’re not sure if it’s stubbed out, put it in a bucket of water, especially during this dry period of weather.”
If you're a smoker or you have a smoker living in your house, make sure you follow our advice to stay safe at home:
- Make sure your cigarettes are fully extinguished
- Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning
- Never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire
- Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down
- Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
- Tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish – and don’t let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray
- Use child safe matches and cigarette lighters and keep them safely out of the reach of children
- Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999