UPDATE WITH VIDEO: E-cigarette on charge sparks fire at 9th floor of building in Poole

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: E-cigarette on charge sparks fire at 9th floor of building in Poole

Picture by Jon Beal

Picture by Dorset Fire and Rescue

Picture: Jon Beal

Picture: Jon Beal

Picture: Jon Beal

Picture: Jon Beal

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AROUND thirty people were evacuated following a fire in a high rise building in Poole after an e-cigarette was left on charge.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said that fire broke out on the 9th floor of the 12-storey building, on Parkstone Road, following a call to emergency services at 9.52am.

Incident commander Dave Graham said an investigation had been carried out and the cause of the fire was an e-cigarette, which was unattended.

He added: “In this case, the e-cigarette was left on charge close to a bed, which then caught alight, leading to damage to the room.

“We are experiencing quite a lot of fires involving e-cigarettes, as they can be charged up through a socket or they have a usb attachment, often with chargers which are unregulated or do not match the product.”

He went on to say: "Because we got the fire quickly, we managed to contain it, so that it had not spread to other parts of the residential building.

“We were alerted to the fire by an automatic fire alarm in the building, before we then received a call from a member of the public, which highlights the importance of working fire alarms.”

Incident Commander Dave Graham added that a car which had been parked illegally in front of the building which had made access difficult for the Fire Service and action would be taken to find the owner of the car.

Seven fire appliances and an aerial platform attended the scene, as well as two police cars from Dorset Police and a paramedic 4x4.

Colm Gayton, Resilience Officer for Poole Hospital, said: "Spectrum Housing Group manage Parkstone House on behalf of the NHS. All people who live in the building are NHS staff. I used to live in the building myself. There has been several instances of false fire alarms recently, but this is the first time that they have needed to use a hose."

"I would like to confirm that patient safety has not been comprised by this incident.

Resident Michael Couppleditch who lives in the block of flats said: "I just came back from town and saw all the drama. It's normal to have the fire alrams going off once a week but this time it was a real emergency. There doesn't seem to be any smoke now."

Mr Couppleditch said between 18 and 20 people lived on each floor of the building. 

 

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11:55am Wed 19 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Only very slightly ironic!
Only very slightly ironic! speedy231278
  • Score: 10

12:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Go back to cigarettes, they are much safer...............
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Go back to cigarettes, they are much safer............... ... Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 13

12:26pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HiGene says...

Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be.
Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be. HiGene
  • Score: 13

2:16pm Wed 19 Feb 14

royeveleigh says...

HiGene wrote:
Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be.
A very bias and uneducated opinion with intent to make yourself sound important.

No one has said how long the battery was left on charge for and it wouldn't surprise me if the instructions state for no more than one hour... “In this case, the e-cigarette was left on charge close to a bed, which then caught alight, leading to damage to the room"....

Seems to me that someone failed to use common sense rather than the E-Cigarette being faulty
[quote][p][bold]HiGene[/bold] wrote: Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be.[/p][/quote]A very bias and uneducated opinion with intent to make yourself sound important. No one has said how long the battery was left on charge for and it wouldn't surprise me if the instructions state for no more than one hour... “In this case, the e-cigarette was left on charge close to a bed, which then caught alight, leading to damage to the room".... Seems to me that someone failed to use common sense rather than the E-Cigarette being faulty royeveleigh
  • Score: -11

2:45pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HiGene says...

royeveleigh wrote:
HiGene wrote:
Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be.
A very bias and uneducated opinion with intent to make yourself sound important.

No one has said how long the battery was left on charge for and it wouldn't surprise me if the instructions state for no more than one hour... “In this case, the e-cigarette was left on charge close to a bed, which then caught alight, leading to damage to the room"....

Seems to me that someone failed to use common sense rather than the E-Cigarette being faulty
Wow, incredible hostility.

1. I HAVE bought cheap rechargeables from ebay Chinese wholesalers, which claimed to be protected, and when I dismantled them to check, the PCB protection boards and conductive strip on the outside were missing.

2. It is NOT an attempt to make myself sound important. It IS an attempt to warn people of the dangers of buying batteries from untrustworthy sources, which MIGHT even save a life.

3. I made no specific references to this particular news story.

As for your uneducated speculation that e-cigarettes should not be left on charge for more than one hour, well, any reputable consumer electronic device will switch to a trickle charge mode once the battery is charged.
[quote][p][bold]royeveleigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HiGene[/bold] wrote: Don't buy rechargeable batteries on ebay from China. The low prices ARE too good to be true. They are not protected against current overload even if they claim to be.[/p][/quote]A very bias and uneducated opinion with intent to make yourself sound important. No one has said how long the battery was left on charge for and it wouldn't surprise me if the instructions state for no more than one hour... “In this case, the e-cigarette was left on charge close to a bed, which then caught alight, leading to damage to the room".... Seems to me that someone failed to use common sense rather than the E-Cigarette being faulty[/p][/quote]Wow, incredible hostility. 1. I HAVE bought cheap rechargeables from ebay Chinese wholesalers, which claimed to be protected, and when I dismantled them to check, the PCB protection boards and conductive strip on the outside were missing. 2. It is NOT an attempt to make myself sound important. It IS an attempt to warn people of the dangers of buying batteries from untrustworthy sources, which MIGHT even save a life. 3. I made no specific references to this particular news story. As for your uneducated speculation that e-cigarettes should not be left on charge for more than one hour, well, any reputable consumer electronic device will switch to a trickle charge mode once the battery is charged. HiGene
  • Score: 20

2:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

Give up all together much safer it seems, with all the substitutes you can get now it does seems you swap one addiction for another. I managed to do it cold turkey not easy but well worth it. Really glad that the fire wasn't more serious.
Give up all together much safer it seems, with all the substitutes you can get now it does seems you swap one addiction for another. I managed to do it cold turkey not easy but well worth it. Really glad that the fire wasn't more serious. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 5

2:56pm Wed 19 Feb 14

ashleycross says...

The shops selling this stuff look ghastly. with posters of people in neon tanning studio clothes, really lowers the tone.
The shops selling this stuff look ghastly. with posters of people in neon tanning studio clothes, really lowers the tone. ashleycross
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Wed 19 Feb 14

smhinto says...

I would say that it went up in a PUFF of smoke!!
I would say that it went up in a PUFF of smoke!! smhinto
  • Score: -5

4:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Are they sure it was an e-ciggy on charge and not something else?

After all,it is known as tammy towers.
Are they sure it was an e-ciggy on charge and not something else? After all,it is known as tammy towers. BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

4:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Somebody got whacked with big fines for selling dodgy chargers etc in Boscombe market a while back, a week or so. I noticed it in the in the dock feature. The fines were huge in comparison to some oik driving around in a car without insurance licence and p#issed.
Somebody got whacked with big fines for selling dodgy chargers etc in Boscombe market a while back, a week or so. I noticed it in the in the dock feature. The fines were huge in comparison to some oik driving around in a car without insurance licence and p#issed. whataboutthat
  • Score: -2

4:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Somebody got whacked with big fines for selling dodgy chargers etc in Boscombe market a while back, a week or so. I noticed it in the in the dock feature. The fines were huge in comparison to some oik driving around in a car without insurance licence and p#issed.
Trading standards have warned the public.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Somebody got whacked with big fines for selling dodgy chargers etc in Boscombe market a while back, a week or so. I noticed it in the in the dock feature. The fines were huge in comparison to some oik driving around in a car without insurance licence and p#issed.[/p][/quote]Trading standards have warned the public. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

dvdr says...

There should be no mercy for cars parked illegally and blocking fire appliance access.

When I worked in Texas some years ago, the police cars had big springs on the front, used to ram offending or crashed cars out of the way. One would not wish to damage a fire appliance, but a strong rope or chain hitched around an illegally parked car to pull it out of the way should do the trick, regardless of damage to the car.
There should be no mercy for cars parked illegally and blocking fire appliance access. When I worked in Texas some years ago, the police cars had big springs on the front, used to ram offending or crashed cars out of the way. One would not wish to damage a fire appliance, but a strong rope or chain hitched around an illegally parked car to pull it out of the way should do the trick, regardless of damage to the car. dvdr
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Peggy Babcock says...

So were it any other suspect electrical item would there be such a load is self righteous bafoons making comment? No - because it wouldn't even make a story in the news.
So were it any other suspect electrical item would there be such a load is self righteous bafoons making comment? No - because it wouldn't even make a story in the news. Peggy Babcock
  • Score: -6

7:10pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Peggy,with that word in your name I would sit on the sidelines.
Peggy,with that word in your name I would sit on the sidelines. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

5:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

60plus says...

Not all nhs staff in that building the agent is letting rooms to non nhs staff
Not all nhs staff in that building the agent is letting rooms to non nhs staff 60plus
  • Score: 0

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