House fire sparked by unattended candle

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Crews from Polmadie and Castlemilk Community Fire Stations rushed to the scene of a house fire in the early hours of this morning. The fire was located in the living room of a top floor tenement flat in Glasgow’s south side. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, which is thought to have started when the living room curtains caught light from a candle.  

A female casualty was treated on the scene by ambulance personnel before being transported to hospital due to the effects of smoke inhalation.

A fire service spokesperson said, " We would urge you to always put candles on a heat resistant surface and be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. These items need to be placed in a proper holder so they won't fall over and of course, they should always be placed away from curtains or other fabrics. We all love using candles at home and they’re also part of many religious and cultural celebrations, but they can be dangerous. For tips on how to protect your home and loved ones from fire, please have a look at our safety section.