Fire service issues candle warning following Shrewsbury fire

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to take extra caution when using candles following a serious fire in Shrewsbury.

The Service was called at 12.40am this morning (Tuesday 19 October) to a flat fire on Albert Street. Crews from Baschurch, Wellington and Shrewsbury attended and rescued one male casualty from the blaze. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The building was evacuated as eight firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used four hose reel jets to tackle the fire which started on the second floor.

Following a fire investigation, it is believed the incident was caused by tee light candles which had set fire to nearby curtains.

Fire Investigation Officer Mark Weaver said:

“This is a stark reminder to the public to be careful when using candles.

“In this instance the occupier was using the candles for a Halloween pumpkin. Please if you’re celebrating Halloween make sure your candles are in proper candle holders and kept away from flammable materials such as curtains or other decorations.”

Find more Halloween safety advice here.

19th October, 2021