Children wake to alert family to burning candle fire in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:06 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 08 July 2013


Candles left burning in a bathroom could have spelled disaster for a sleeping family after a blaze destroyed their bath.

Despite not having a working smoke alarm the family were able to make their escape after two children woke up and alerted the rest of the house to the fire at the flat in Longbridge Road, Barking.

Three adults and two children suffered slight smoke inhalation and were treated by emergency services who were called to the scene at around 4.30am on Thursday, July 4.

Barking Fire Station watch manager Shane Cook said: “The family were very lucky the children woke up and alerted their parents. It is essential that everyone has at least one working smoke alarm in their home.

“Candles are popular in the bathroom, but if they’re not placed on a heat proof surface, they can melt through your bath or toilet. This is especially important with tea lights, which get very hot on the bottom.”

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