Candle Starts Fire in St Albans Home

A TEA light started a fire in a St Albans home last night (Thursday). Two crews from St Albans fire station were called to the blaze in Creighton Avenue, Cottonmill, at around 8.45pm, where four people were inside. A tea light on a window sill set fire to

A TEA light started a fire in a St Albans home last night (Thursday).

Two crews from St Albans fire station were called to the blaze in Creighton Avenue, Cottonmill, at around 8.45pm, where four people were inside.

A tea light on a window sill set fire to a net curtain but the occupants managed to put out the flames before the arrival of firefighters who then ventilated the property, which was left with minimal smoke damage.

Watch commander Trevor Ray said the incident highlighted the danger of burning candles and stressed that it needed to be done with caution.

He went on to say that even though a candle may appear to be in a safe place, drafts can often blow the flames onto nearby objects or materials.

For a free home fire safety check call 01727 818919.