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Crews were called to a house fire in Bransholme in Hull this morning (Fri 23 Jan) which had been caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials.

Attending officer at the incident, Sean Magee said: “Crews arrived quickly at the scene, to find a fire that had broken out in an upstairs bedroom. Fortunately, the occupants were alerted by the smoke alarm and managed to escape, one man had suffered some smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene.

The fire was caused by a cigarette that had not been properly extinguished. I can not stress enough the dangers of smoking in bed. Bedding is made up of flammable fabrics and, if a fire breaks out, the flames can spread at an alarming speed. Fortunately in this instance the occupants were downstairs when the fire broke out and managed to escape. Had this happen while they were sleeping, it could have been a very different out come indeed.”

The advice urges smokers to:

Always use a proper ash tray
Never smoke in bed
Put it out, right out