Lydlinch resident has lucky escape after leaving home with open fire still lit
A Lydlinch resident had a lucky escape as they returned home to find their property up in flames.
At around 6pm on Wednesday October 17, 20 firefighters were called to an address near Sturminster Newton after a resident had gone out with an open fire still lit.
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Two crews from Sturminster Newton and two crews from Sherborne arrived at the scene within ten minutes and extinguished the ground-floor fire using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets.
Fire Investigation Officer and Station Manager, Sean Frampton, said: "Everything points to this fire being caused by a park from the open fire. The occupant had lit a fire in the grate and then popped out for a short time, returning not long after to find his home on fire.
"There is a substantial amount of damage to both the lounge and ground floor, and also to the upstairs of the property which has some severe smoke damage."
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents to take care with open fires and log burners, which become increasingly popular at this time of year.
"We remind people every year of the damage that can be caused and how to minimise the risk but that information is all too often ignored or overlooked" added Mr Frampton.
"Always make sure that whatever you are burning on an open fire is fully contained and stable within the grate.
"Always, always use a spark guide and never ever leave open fires unattended since wood or coal can easily dislodge as it starts to burn, raising the risk of it falling out onto carpets or other combustible materials nearby - if there isn't a spark guide in place."