Clitheroe house fire caused by "discarded smoking material"

Fire crews from Clitheroe were called out to a house fire on Franklin Street yesterday.
Fire crews from Clitheroe were called out to a house fire on Franklin Street yesterday.

An investigation is underway following two fire engines being called out to a house fire in Clitheroe yesterday after various textiles in the property caught ablaze due to poorly discarded smoking material on the premises.

The two fire engines from Clitheroe attended the incident, which occurred at a mid-terraced property on Franklin Street at around 5:15 in the afternoon.

Arriving at the scene having been alerted by a neighbour, who called emergency services after hearing a fire alarm, firefighters found a fire involving textiles set alight by carelessly discarded smoking materials.

They were forced to use two breathing apparatus sets and one hose reel to extinguish the fire, with one person assessed by paramedics on site for smoke inhalation.

An investigation is underway into the exact cause of the fire.

Clitheroe Fire Station watch manager, Dave McGrath, said: "Discarded smoking material has caused the fire. The fire alarm alerted the next door neighbour who came round and made contact with occupants prior to our arrival.

"The smoke alarm has done its business there and possibly saved a life," he added.