Accrington girl treated for burns after candle set fire to bed

Debris outside the home

Debris outside the home

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A YOUNGSTER was treated for burns in hospital after a candle left alight set fire to her bed.

The girl awoke at her home in Wellington Court, Nelson Street, Accrington, on Saturday morning to find her bed was on fire.

Along with her mum she managed to get outside and the fire service were called to deal with the fire.

The incident happened at 6am on Saturday. There were no working smoke alarms in the property.

Watch manager Tony Spencer, from Accrington fire station, said the girl had been extremely lucky.

He said: “We were alerted to it as a ground floor flat that was on fire. When we arrived everyone had got out on their own.

“The daughter had burns to her arms and stomach and the mum had suffered some smoke inhalation. It looks like the young girl had left a candle burning and she woke with her bed on fire.

“There should have been smoke alarms but they did not have them, but fortunately she woke up. It could have been a lot more serious.

“Obviously a working smoke alarm would have helped.

“We can supply working smoke alarms for free and all people need to do is ring their local fire station.”

Yesterday, debris including a bed, mattress and bags of burned items from the child’s bedroom could be seen outside the property.

One neighbour who lives above the blaze-affected house said: “I didn’t know anything about the fire and then I saw the lights of fire engines.”

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10:49am Mon 12 May 14

jaffa90 says...

Silly girl. (stupid really).
Silly girl. (stupid really). jaffa90
  • Score: -5

11:22am Mon 12 May 14

burner says...

Sillier Mum . . . no smoke alarm !!
Sillier Mum . . . no smoke alarm !! burner
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Mon 12 May 14

epwalker says...

Considering the mother is disabled...
Considering the mother is disabled... epwalker
  • Score: 5

9:33pm Mon 12 May 14

Black Car Guy. says...

epwalker wrote:
Considering the mother is disabled...
This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms?
[quote][p][bold]epwalker[/bold] wrote: Considering the mother is disabled...[/p][/quote]This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms? Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 5

3:43pm Tue 13 May 14

epwalker says...

Black Car Guy. wrote:
epwalker wrote:
Considering the mother is disabled...
This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms?
Definitely not, however there were smoke alarms but they did not go off
[quote][p][bold]Black Car Guy.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]epwalker[/bold] wrote: Considering the mother is disabled...[/p][/quote]This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms?[/p][/quote]Definitely not, however there were smoke alarms but they did not go off epwalker
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Tue 13 May 14

epwalker says...

Black Car Guy. wrote:
epwalker wrote:
Considering the mother is disabled...
This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms?
Definitely not, however there were smoke alarms but they did not go off and had recently been checked
[quote][p][bold]Black Car Guy.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]epwalker[/bold] wrote: Considering the mother is disabled...[/p][/quote]This makes it ok to have no working smoke alarms?[/p][/quote]Definitely not, however there were smoke alarms but they did not go off and had recently been checked epwalker
  • Score: -2

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