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Fire caused by overheated e-cigarette charger


Date: 9th October, 2018

An overheated e-cigarette battery charging unit is believed to have been the cause of a fire at a house in Christchurch yesterday evening (8 October).

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the property in Station Road at 7.17pm, where a first floor bedroom was affected by fire.

Two fire crews from Christchurch tackled the blaze, using four breathing apparatus wearers and two hose reel jets. The occupiers of the house escaped without injury, having been alerted by their smoke alarm.

Station Manager Graham Kewley said: “It’s not clear whether the charger was faulty, the batteries had been fitted into it incorrectly, or there was some other issue; however, we would always advise that any item fitted with a rechargeable battery should never be left unattended while charging. Fortunately, the damage to the property was limited, as the bedroom door was kept closed, and the family had working smoke alarms.”

The following advice should always be followed by e-cigarette users:

For more advice on the safe use of e-cigarettes, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/smoking-and-e-cigarettes

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