House fire - Cromwell Road - Peterborough

12 July 2011, 9:25pm

At 9.25pm on July 12, one crew from Dogsthorpe, one crew from Stanground and a crew from the Peterborough Volunteers were called to a house fire in Cromwell Road, Millfield, Peterborough.

The fire was caused after a candle had been placed next to an open downstairs window.  The draught from the window had caused the curtains to touch the flame and a fire began.

A man who was in the room at the time discovered the fire and raised the alarm to the rest of the household.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished a fire using one hose reel.

The man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Crews returned to their fire stations by 10.15pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

Scott Feveryear, Watch Manager at Dogsthorpe Fire Station said: "We would urge residents to make sure that candles are placed well away from flammable objects such as curtains.

"It is also incredibly lucky that the man was in the room at the time of the fire, as there was no working smoke alarm in the home."

For further information on how to prevent a fire in the home, contact your local fire station or read about fire safety in the home.