Fire service issue cigarette safety warning after St Ives hedge fire
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The fire service has issued a warning to members of the public about discarding cigarettes following a blaze in St Ives yesterday (Monday).
A crew from Huntingdon were called to a hedge fire at around 1.30pm in Ramsey Road, St Ives.
Firefighters extinguished the fire before returning to their station by 2.10pm.
The cause of the fire was accidental.
A spokesman for the fire service said: "This fire was caused by a discarded cigarette, which could had been easily avoided.
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"With the dry winter we've had and the weather warming up, it's really important that people dispose of their smoking materials correctly. If they're thrown from a car window they can quickly ignite dry grass verges.
"Tobacco is designed to stay alight and as a result, cigarettes can easily start an accidental fire so make sure you put them out properly."
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