Flat fire - Kings College - Cambridge

Two crews from Cambridge were called to an automatic fire alarm sounding in Kings College Spalding Building, Peas Hill, Cambridge.
An automatic fire alarm had sounded and the accommodation had been safely evacuated.

Smoke was issuing from a student flat on the second floor and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire in a bedroom area by 8pm. Positive pressure ventilation fans were used to clear smoke.

Considerable fire damage was caused to the bed and nearby furniture and smoke damage was caused to the entire room.

The crews returned to station by 9.15pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental, by person.

Station Commander Stuart Smith said: “This fire started when incense sticks were left burning unattended and then fell onto flammable materials in the sleeping area.

“In most student halls of residence it is against policy to light candles and incense and it is important those living in this type of accommodation follow these rules.

“Anyone living in any type of property, however, should never leave candles or incense burning unattended and should always make sure they are placed on a flat surface anyway from flammable materials like clothing, curtains and bedding.”