The kitchen of a terraced house in Goldthorpe suffered significant damage on Monday lunchtime after a man accidentally ignited a cloud of lighter fluid vapour.
It’s believed two men, thought to be in their early 20’s, were trying to fill up a cigarette lighter at the property on Kelly St, when one of them attempted to light a cigarette, sparking the blaze.
The pair managed to escape along with a woman and child who were also in the property, although one of the men suffered smoke inhalation and a minor burn.
The blaze, tackled by 4 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, also caused damage to the stairs as well as smoke and fire damage to the first floor. Firefighters evacuated around 5 neighbouring properties, some of which had been affected by smoke, while they checked the fire hadn’t spread.
Station Manager Andy Cloke said: “The men did not realise that a cloud of gas from the lighter fluid had formed in the kitchen, and this ignited when one of them tried to use his cigarette lighter.
“They are both very fortunate to have escaped as this was an intense fire which caused damage throughout the house.”
The fire crews who attended the incident were from Rotherham and Dearne stations.