Halogen heater warning after caravan fire inquest
DORSET Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning about the dangers of halogen heaters after a fatal caravan blaze.
The service’s Fire Investigation Officer Steve Underhill said the cause of the blaze which killed Victoria Syme in her caravan at Ryemead Lane, Weymouth in January was believed to be a halogen heater that set light to clothing.
He said: “These clothes ignited and quickly caused the entire caravan to be involved in fire.
“Avon Fire and Rescue Service has seen three deaths with a similar cause in the last 18 months.
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“I strongly urge anyone using a halogen heater to think about what is around the heater and make sure any clothes or flammable materials are at least one metre away.”
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest in Dorchester.
DFRS offers free home safety checks on the use of heaters, candles, electrics, cooking and more. Call 01305 252600 for details.