House fire - St Neots - Huntingdonshire
29/08/2016 - 5.43PM
At 5.43pm on Monday (29) crews from St Neots, Gamlingay and a rescue vehicle were called to a building fire in Fern Court, Eynesbury, St Neots.
Smoke was in the property and the residents called the fire service and safely left the house.
A fire had broken out in the cavity wall of the property and firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish it. Thermal imaging cameras and a sub-surface camera were used to check for fire spread.
Crews returned to their stations by 8.30pm.
The cause of the fire was accidental by person - carelessly discarded cigarettes.
Watch Commander Jon-Paul Jones said: “This fire started when a cigarette butt set fire to wood chippings, which then spread in to the cavity wall of a house.
“We would urge all smokers to ensure they discard of their cigarettes carefully by ensuring it is fully extinguished and if need by, keeping a sand or water bucket nearby.”