Smoking cause serious flat fire in Oswestry

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding the public to extra care with cigarettes following a serious fire in Oswestry.

Crews were called to Queen Elixabeth Close at around 5.20pm on Tuesday 30th January to reports of smoke coming from a property. Firefighters from Oswestry attended and quickly entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and rescued a woman from the fire. 

The woman was given first aid and oxygen therapy by the crew before being left in the care of the ambulance service. The firefighters then used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. 

A fire investigation was carried out and the cause is believed to have been a discarded cigarette in a bin. 

Station Manager Darren Salvoni said: "Please always extinguish smoking material in an appropriate ash tray and ensure they are completely out before discarding them."

31st January, 2024