Straighteners cause house fire

Firefighters are urging residents to turn off hair straighteners when they are not in use after attending a house fire in Lower Cape Road, Warwick.

Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident at 1:02pm on Wednesday 14th November 2012. On arrival, crews found a three storey property with smoke coming from the first and second floor windows. One female occupant had made her way out of the property before the fire crews arrived.

Four breathing apparatus, one hose reel and two covering jets were used. Appliances from Leamington and Southam attended along with the Fire and Emergency Support Service from Kenilworth.

The fire almost certainly started after hair straighteners were left switched on next to a TV and other items in a first floor bedroom.

Station Commander, Andrew Goodman said:

“Electrical items such as hair straighteners, irons or curlers should not be left on when not in use as there is a danger that they could overheat and catch fire.  Fortunately the property was fitted with working smoke alarms which activated.

“Clearly, with the party season just around the corner it could be all too easy for this to happen again. So we would like to urge people to take extra care, especially if they are having a couple of drinks whilst getting ready for a big night out. It only takes a few seconds to check that items such as these have been turned off and are unplugged before heading off out.”

Sadly for the residents living in this property, there was a considerable amount of fire and heat damage to the main bedroom and further heat and smoke damage to the first and second floors.

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