Safety warning after exploding deodorant can

Firefighters are reminding residents to keep flammable items well away from heat after a deodorant can exploded in a Huntingdon home.


Crews from Huntingdon were called to a house fire in Mill Road, Hartford, at 12.47pm yesterday (Sunday 10) and on their way were made aware an explosion had occurred in the property.


Luckily when crews arrived the fire was out, no one was seriously hurt and firefighters ventilated the property and advised the residents on fire safety.


Firefighter Scott Wormald, Huntingdon black watch, said: “The cause of the incident was a small compressed gas can of deodorant was close to a gas hob heat source, causing this to expand and then explode. 


“The explosion caused windows that were in a different room about 10m away to smash, and cracking also occurred to plaster work.  This is a timely reminder to residents to keep flammable items, however small, away from heat sources and closely follow storage instructions.”


Crews returned to station by 1.45pm. Four adults and one child went to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for a precautionary check.