Lisa Braxton

Recent fire in New Jersey likely caused by burning candles

Blog Post created by Lisa Braxton Employee on Feb 1, 2018

Graphs and charts and statistics about candle firesImage of a lit candle followed by bullet points on safe use of candlesBurning candles in an apartment building bedroom in Princeton, New Jersey, was likely the cause of a recent fire that killed one person and displaced more than 30 people. According to news reports, Princeton Police Chief Nicholas K. Sutter stated, “Though the cause will be officially labeled ‘undetermined,’ we feel that more than likely candles burning in the bedroom were the cause.” A 73-year-old tenant died in the blaze. Meanwhile, 17 households that could not find other accommodations were sent to an extended-stay hotel that Princeton Community Housing is providing for them. The apartment building will be reconstructed, a process that could take 10 months. According to NFPA’s new Candle Fire Fact Sheet, three of every five (59%) candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations, was too close to the candle. In 16% of the fires the candles were unattended or abandoned. Sleep was a factor in 11% of the fires and 21% of the candle fire deaths. The fact sheet has additional statistics. The Candle Safety tip sheet provides a list of precautions.

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