Fire Investigation finds Halifax flat blaze was caused by dropped cigarette

The cause of a flat fire in Savile Road, Halifax, early on the morning of May 5 was smoking related, investigators have found.

The Fire Service Control Room received an emergency call at 0533 hrs.

Two men were rescued from the property by attending firefighters and were given first aid at the scene with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Despite their best efforts one of the men, aged in his fifties, sadly died.

Whilst the cause of death is yet to be established, the cause of the fire has been found to be a dropped cigarette on bedding.

Area Manager for Fire Safety Chris Kirby said: “Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this individual.

“Whilst the circumstances surrounding his death are still being established, the Fire Service is able to confirm that the fire in the premises was started by smoking materials.

“Smoking materials are sadly a frequent cause of very serious fires so we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the general safety advice we offer as part of our fire prevention work.
“This advice is applicable to all smokers.”

General Guidance:

  • Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your
    cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
  • Never smoke indoors when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a
    fire you could be less able to escape.
  • Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get
    out, stay out and call 999.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they
    burn down.
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.