Fire service issue cigarette safety warning after St Ives hedge fire

Firefighters used small gear and a hose reel to extinguish the fire, before returning to their stati

Firefighters used small gear and a hose reel to extinguish the fire, before returning to their station by 2.10pm. - Credit: Archant

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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