Thurso house fire prompts e-cigarette advice from SFRS

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Appliances from Thurso and John O' Groats attended the fire in Janet Street last night

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called out to deal with a fire at a flat in Janet Street, Thurso last night (22 October 2014).

Control were alerted to the fire at 7.23pm on Wednesday evening and sent two appliances from Thurso and one from John O’ Groats to the scene.

The fire, which was located in the living room of a first floor flat, was well alight when crews arrived. The two occupants had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used one main jet and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. The flat was badly damaged by smoke and the living room suffered serious fire damage.

Group Manager John MacDonald said the fire was believed to have been caused by an e-cigarette charger and he issued advice to users of such products.

He said: “Although not specific to the circumstances of this incident we would like to advise only using the charger supplied with your e-cigarette and do not to use components from different e-cigarette manufacturers.

“There have also been case where over tightening of the product onto the charger may cause damage, resulting in overheating and potential fire.”

He added: “Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, don’t leave them unattended whilst on charge and remove the battery from the charger when fully charged.”

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