House fire was started by log burner

Brick Lane, Mepal.Picture: Steve Williams.

Brick Lane, Mepal.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A house fire started when cloth was left too close to a log burner.

Fire crews from Ely and Chatteris were called to Brick Lane, in Mepal, at about 3.30pm on Friday.

Smoke was billowing from the ground floor of a house and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and ventilation fans were used to clear the property of smoke.

An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Watch commander Mark Coupar said: “This fire started accidentally when cloth materials were left too close to a log burner, causing them to smoulder.

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“We would urge residents with log burners to ensure they use them correctly. Make sure they are fitted according to the instructions and always keep the area around them free from other materials.”

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