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Media Release

Candles cause $300,000 in fire damage
Monday 20 September 2010 – 3:00 PM

People are being reminded to take care when using candles after they caused two house fires in two days.


Combined, the fires in Queens Park and Upper Swan caused approximately $300,000 worth of damage.


FESA District Manager Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit Craig Waters said people often underestimated how dangerous a candle could be and how much damage they could cause.


“These two fires were avoidable and we don’t want to see anyone else losing their possessions, homes or worse, their lives,” Mr Waters said.


He said people should never leave lit candles unattended.


“This means even if you leave a room for a minute, or when you go to sleep in that room you must extinguish the candle.”


Mr Waters said people also needed to be careful where they place candles.


“Make sure they are on an uncluttered, stable, heat resistant surface, away from open windows, curtains and blinds.


“Candles should be kept away from drafts and away from any combustible materials such as paper, curtains, clothing, gas appliances and flammable liquids.”


Mr Waters said these points should also be taken into consideration with oil burners and any other items with a flame.


He reminded people that only a working smoke alarm could provide the critical early warning needed to save lives and minimise property damage.


The first of the two fires caused by candles this week occurred on Wednesday 15 September in Orchard Street, Upper Swan just before 9pm.


A neighbour phoned 000 and reported the fire.


Damage is estimated at approximately $100,000.


The second fire caused by a candle was in George Street, Queens Park just before 10pm on Thursday 16 September.


A resident reported the fire.


The fire caused extensive damage to the house estimated at approximately $200,000.


No one was injured in either of these fires.




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