Firefighters are urging people to purchase e-cigarettes from reputable retailers.
A woman in Sussex had a lucky escape when her e-cigarette exploded.
Firefighters were called to the flat in Green Lane Close, Arundel, after the occupier was woken by her smoke detector and called 999.
The fire is believed to have started when the e-cigarette, which had been purchased from a market stall without instructions or packaging, was left charging overnight. The device subsequently overheated and exploded, scorching the wall and spraying hot fragments over soft furnishings in the flat.
Thankfully, nobody was injured and the fire was out on arrival.
“The lady had a fortunate escape. When the charger exploded the hot components scattered across the room and scorched the lady’s soft furnishings. Thankfully, they didn’t fully ignite and the smoke detector did its job and alerted her to the danger.
This isn’t an isolated incident. Our crews have attended fires involving e-cigarettes before. It’s really important to buy any electrical product from a reputable retailer. You may think you are getting a bargain by purchasing it from a market stall but, whilst we all like a bargain, taking a chance on these goods isn’t worth the risk. It could result in a house fire, a life-changing injury or worse.”
– WEST SUSSEX FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE
Original source: ITV News