See the serious damage to a Sunderland home following blaze as fire service issue warning to make sure cigarettes are put out

This is the severe damage to a Sunderland home following a blaze caused by smoking materials.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 8:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 1:22 pm

Firefighters from Farringdon and Sunderland Central were called to the home on Gleneagles Road, at 3.43pm, on Friday, May 22.

Crews found that the blaze had started when smoking materials had been dropped onto wooden decking at the property.

The fire then spread from the garden to the kitchen, causing severe damage.

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The damage to a Sunderland home following a blaze caused by smoking. Photo by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. Crews left the scene at 4.46pm.

Now Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning to smokers to make sure their cigarettes are put right out and are urging people to use a sturdy ashtray.

A spokesman for the service said: “Crews from Farringdon and Sunderland Central were called to a fire caused by smoking materials that had been dropped onto wooden decking.

“Please take care in the garden.

The fire spread from the decking into the home causing severe damage. Photo by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

“Decking, fences and sheds make it very easy for flames to spread, especially during fine weather like we're seeing this week.

“If you're a smoker, use a sturdy ashtray and always make sure cigarettes are put right out.”

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The fire service has issued a warning following the blaze. Photo by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

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