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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Fire accidents: Craziest causes revealed


    A pigeon, a dog and even a pair of boxer shorts have caused some of the capital’s most bizarre fire accidents this year, according to a new report.

    London, the UK’s largest fire brigade, analysed 2,000 incidents in an attempt to stress the importance of fire safety, and unearthed some unlikely cases.

    Charlie Pugsley, of London Fire Brigade’s investigations crew, claimed he had seen some “weird and wonderful” things in 2013.

    He said that even the most leftfield blaze could have been stopped by taking simple fire safety measures.

    Mr Pugsley warned people not to use microwaves to dry out clothes.

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    He advised that they never leave candles unattended and to keep mirrors and glass, which reflect the sun’s rays, away from flammable items.

    Cig-dropping pigeon started fire accident

    Six of the strangest causes of fire accidents were:

    • A teenager on his first date sprayed a can of deodorant on himself, then unaccountably lit what remained in the can, causing an explosion.
    • a pigeon dropped an abandoned lit cigarette down a chimney, sparking a blaze in a bird’s nest.
    • Boxer shorts being used to apply linseed oil to a floor caught fire.
    • A fridge freezer ignited fire after a mouse wandered into the back, shorting the electrics.
    • A toilet roll dropped down the toilet was put in a microwave to dry out.
    • A dog pawed the controls of a toaster as it jumped on to a worktop to reach food, setting fire to a bag.

    Help is at hand

    If you’ve been hurt in a fire accident that wasn’t your fault then Accident Advice Helpline can help you get accident compensation for a personal injury claim.

    It is a trusted national law firm which offers a 100% no win, no fee solution with friendly, helpful staff and a 24/7 free legal advice helpline on 0800 689 0500.

    So if you’ve suffered a work accident, check out Accident Advice Helpline’s website, which also includes an informative blog page or give them a call today.

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    Date Published: December 27, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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