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Hythe: Unattended e-cigarette charger sparks blaze in Bartholomew Street

By Folkestone & Hythe Express

An unattended e-cigarette charger sparked a fire at a house in Hythe.

Crews raced to the two-storey property in Bartholomew Street just after 6.30pm yesterday.

They cleared smoke and fumes from the home following the blaze in a first floor bedroom.

An e-cigarette charger sparked the blaze. Stock pic
An e-cigarette charger sparked the blaze. Stock pic

Firefighters urged others to take extra care when charging e-cigarettes.

They advised:

  • Only use the charger supplied with your e-cigarette
  • If no charger is supplied check with the manufacturer for a list of approved chargers
  • Read the instructions on how to clean the battery centre pin and charger contact
  • Stop charging once it has been fully charged
  • Don’t leave it charging overnight, unattended or charging on flammable surfaces such as a bed or sofa
  • Don’t over-tighten the battery – especially when charging
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly.

Firefighters left the scene just after 7pm.

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