A home has been gutted after an unattended candle caused a fire at a house in Leicester.
A young woman living in the ground floor flat in Okehampton Avenue, Evington, Leicester, fled her home but suffered from smoke inhalation and required medical attention after the fire, which started in the porch of her flat, where the candle had been left burning overnight.
Flames leapt from the windows of the property, scorching the outside of the property as the woman’s next door neighbours threw buckets of water over the fire in an attempt to stop it spreading.
The emergency services arrived and two firefighters wearing breathing tanks entered the building and put out the blaze.
The fire began at 5.30am this morning, just nine hours after another blaze in the city caused by an unattended candle.
Ben Bee, group manager for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "In Okehampton Avenue a candle had been left burning overnight in the porch area of the home and the fire caused quite extensive damage and the occupant was treated for smoke inhalation and handed on to East Midlands Ambulance Service."