Flat fire in Sheffield caused by man falling asleep while smoking cigarette
A flat fire in Sheffield broke out after a man fell asleep while smoking a cigarette, according to crews who dealt with the incident.
Firefighters alerted to the blaze in Wincobank Avenue, Wincobank, on Friday night discovered that residents in the street had called for help after hearing a smoke alarm sounding.
The occupant of the flat, who escaped unharmed, had fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette.
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In a statement, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Smoking is a leading cause of accidental house fire fatalities.
“If you know somebody who smokes and may be at risk of falling asleep with a cigarette still lit, refer them for a home safety check from our crews today.”