Man escapes Burnley house blaze

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A homeowner was lucky to escape unharmed following a fire in his bathroom.

Fire crews were called to the property in Branch Road, Burnley, at 1-30pm yesterday.

The occupier was stood outside and told firefighters the fire had started in the bathroom.

Acting crew manager Simon Wright said: “We committed four breathing apparatus wearers with a hose reel and thermal image cameras. They found a severe fire in the bathroom that was extinguished using a hose reel then the property was cleared with a positive pressure ventilation unit.”

An investigation determined that a discarded cigarette was the cause of the blaze.

Mr Wright added: “This set fire to a bath panel which quickly set fire to a towel on the bath and the bath itself. There was extensive smoke and fire damage to the bathroom and light smoke damage to the rest of the property. The occupier was lucky to escape unharmed, he was only alerted to the fire by a falling objects. The occupier would have been alerted earlier to the fire if smoke alarms had been fitted in the property.”