Camping Stove Sparks House Fire
8:50am 31st August 2012
We're being reminded that camping equipment should NOT be used in the home after an elderly couple in Puddletown had a lucky escape.
Because they had no electricity, they took a camping stove INDOORS.
Station Commander for Dorchester, Steve Cheeseman said: "The elderly couple inside this property woke up to find they had no electricity. They brought in a camping stove and when they started to use it a fire developed at the top of the cylinder near the hose. Their neighbours responded to their cries for help and dragged the stove outside. Although we would never advise anyone to touch a burning cylinder, this action undoubtedly stopped the fire from spreading.
"Dorset Fire and Rescue Service advice is that camping equipment should never be used indoors. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home and that these are tested weekly. If there is a fire get out, stay out and call the fire service out."