Candles blamed for Sunderland house fire

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UNATTENDED candles have been blamed for a fire which destroyed the bedroom of a house in Portland Road, Plains Farm, yesterday afternoon.

The family had evacuated the house before the fire brigade arrived, after being altered by a smoke alarm.

Crew manager Lisa Nicholson, of North Moor fire station, said: “It just highlights the dangers of using candles. You can’t leave them unattended.”