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.

By Claire Lewis
Monday, 20th May 2019, 11:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 12:19 am

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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Wincobank Avenue, Sheffield

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.”