Fire Service warns of dangers involving the use of tealights following inquest

08/10/2021

‚ÄčThe cause of a fatal fire at Clayton Court, Radford, earlier this year has been ruled as accidental ignition by Ms Fiona Gingell, Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire.

The inquest finished yesterday (Thursday 7 October), with the court hearing how Mr Lascelles Jackson died on 24 January 2021 from multi-organ failure, after developing sepsis from severe burns.

The incident took place on 21 January 2021, when Mr Jackson was assisted by East Midlands Ambulance Service after his clothes caught fire by a naked flame from a tealight. A friend was alerted to the fire by Mr Jackson's smoke alarm. Despite swift intervention extinguishing the fire and summoning help for Mr Jackson, he sadly died at Nottingham City Hospital three days later.

Ms Gingell said in her closing statement that "despite necessary intervention, Mr Jackson's burns led to him developing sepsis and then multi-organ failure. The treatment he received was appropriate and necessary."

She added "I wish to extend my sympathy to Mr Jackson's family and friends. He will be greatly missed in the community." 

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager Tom Clark said: "Our investigation concluded that the fire was caused by a naked flame of a tea light causing the accidental ignition of Mr Jackson's clothing.

"We know that candles are frequently used within the home, but I would urge everyone to remember the potential dangers they present. Great care should be taken to ensure they are in correct holders, on a stable base, keep flames away from anything that could catch fire, and never leave them unattended.

"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr Jackson's family for their loss, who was a well-known member of his local community."

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