Life-threatening Bournemouth blaze 'was started by squatters' candles'

Bournemouth Echo: LIFE-SAVERS: Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a property in Wellington Road in Bournemouth LIFE-SAVERS: Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a property in Wellington Road in Bournemouth

A BLAZE that left three people in hospital with serious burns could have been caused accidentally when squatters used candles to try to keep warm, according to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

Investigators concluded there were no suspicious circumstances after the life-threatening fire in a derelict house in Wellington Road, Bournemouth.

Station officer Richard Coleman described the incident as ‘absolutely life-threatening’ and added: “They would not have survived in there for much longer.”

He added: “There were a couple of rescues, one was from a door on the side of the building where we were able to lead someone down the stairs.

“Another person had to be carried out. They were really unwell – I think our crews saved some lives.”

Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts said he would raise the issue of derelict housing at the next full council meeting on Tuesday December 10.

He also pledged to pay tribute to the emergency services for their heroic work over the weekend.

Two men and a woman were rushed to hospital following the incident, which led to the closure of Wellington Road and Holdenhurst Road at 1.45pm on Sunday.

Two of the casualties were taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and one to Poole Hospital.

A number of other people had made their way to safety before the arrival of the emergency services.

Neighbours have told how the house has been used by squatters for several years.

Christopher Button said: “It was an accident waiting to happen.

“It doesn’t really surprise me at all and really something needs to have been done about this quite a long time ago.”

Another nearby resident, who does not wish to be named, said during the summer months squatters often started fires in the garden and were drinking and shouting.

The fire broke out on the ground floor and quickly spread to the rest of the house.

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8:02am Tue 3 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

Why is Councillor Stanley- Watts raising the issue of derelict properties in Bournemouth when local people have been raising issues on this property at local meetings for quite a considerable time now.

Sorry, but the ward councillors knew and no wonder local people don't go to this meeting as it had been proven, no matter how much you tell them, nothing gets done..
Why is Councillor Stanley- Watts raising the issue of derelict properties in Bournemouth when local people have been raising issues on this property at local meetings for quite a considerable time now. Sorry, but the ward councillors knew and no wonder local people don't go to this meeting as it had been proven, no matter how much you tell them, nothing gets done.. politicaltrainspotter

8:07am Tue 3 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

Furthermore, perhaps the Councillors Of East Cliff and Springbourne should be asked for a comment.They all attend that meeting and was made fully aware..Take a look around the ward of Springbourne, it's falling apart and as ward councillors you should have your fingers on the pulse..Clearly not by what i have seen and heard.
Furthermore, perhaps the Councillors Of East Cliff and Springbourne should be asked for a comment.They all attend that meeting and was made fully aware..Take a look around the ward of Springbourne, it's falling apart and as ward councillors you should have your fingers on the pulse..Clearly not by what i have seen and heard. politicaltrainspotter

8:26am Tue 3 Dec 13

bosco1 says...

Whilst im glad there were no deaths involved these people were in a property clearly marked for demolition it is the 2nd time in recent months that people have been chucked out of it. When a building is due for demolition why not bring down the roof so it its open to all weathers/rain etc maybe that will put them off entering and sleeping there.!
Whilst im glad there were no deaths involved these people were in a property clearly marked for demolition it is the 2nd time in recent months that people have been chucked out of it. When a building is due for demolition why not bring down the roof so it its open to all weathers/rain etc maybe that will put them off entering and sleeping there.! bosco1

11:58am Tue 3 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

How do candles keep you warm?
One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source
So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire.

There's science for you.
How do candles keep you warm? One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire. There's science for you. BIGTONE

11:59am Tue 3 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

100 candles. Slip of the fat finger syndrome.
100 candles. Slip of the fat finger syndrome. BIGTONE

12:42pm Tue 3 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

BIGTONE wrote:
How do candles keep you warm?
One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source
So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire.

There's science for you.
Or, set fire to the house and create a lot more warmth.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: How do candles keep you warm? One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire. There's science for you.[/p][/quote]Or, set fire to the house and create a lot more warmth. speedy231278

1:43pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

speedy231278 wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
How do candles keep you warm?
One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source
So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire.

There's science for you.
Or, set fire to the house and create a lot more warmth.
Are they that stupid to burn their "accommodation" down?

They must have been tranq'd up.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: How do candles keep you warm? One standard candle give out approx 10 watts of radiated heat at source So one thousand candles would be equivalent to a one bar electric fire. There's science for you.[/p][/quote]Or, set fire to the house and create a lot more warmth.[/p][/quote]Are they that stupid to burn their "accommodation" down? They must have been tranq'd up. BIGTONE

9:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

politicaltrainspotte
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wrote:
Why is Councillor Stanley- Watts raising the issue of derelict properties in Bournemouth when local people have been raising issues on this property at local meetings for quite a considerable time now.

Sorry, but the ward councillors knew and no wonder local people don't go to this meeting as it had been proven, no matter how much you tell them, nothing gets done..
It's a matter of: "We have made our minds up - don't confuse us with the facts."
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: Why is Councillor Stanley- Watts raising the issue of derelict properties in Bournemouth when local people have been raising issues on this property at local meetings for quite a considerable time now. Sorry, but the ward councillors knew and no wonder local people don't go to this meeting as it had been proven, no matter how much you tell them, nothing gets done..[/p][/quote]It's a matter of: "We have made our minds up - don't confuse us with the facts." O'Reilly

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