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Man 'engulfed in a ball of fire' while trying to control mice

A man trying to stop mice getting into his flat was 'engulfed in a ball of fire' when expanding aerosol foam suddenly ignited.

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The shocked resident in Acton, West London was trying to block holes in the wall. But he ended up getting badly burnt and was taken to hospital.

The victim used eight cans of foam but failed to make sure the room was properly ventilated.

Always read safety warnings on the side of aerosol cans and observe the safety advice closely. Areas where expanding foam is drying out should always be very well ventilated.

– London Fire Brigade

The foam contained a propellant gas, methylene-diphenyl-diisocyanate 4,4’ which is highly inflammable.

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