Flat ‘fire’ drama was eCig

Stockport Express - - Business -

VAPERS have been warned to be care­ful after emer­gency ser­vices were called to a po­ten­tial flat fire - only to find a man smok­ing an eCi­garette.

Crews were sent to an au­to­matic fire alarm trig­gered at flats on Of­fer­ton Lane, Of­fer­ton, at around 11pm.

But when they ar­rived and knocked on the door a man an­swered with an eCi­garette in his hand and in a cloud of vapour.

He had been lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on head­phones so had not heard the fire alarm set off by the thick smoke.

Crew man­ager Matt Lewis, from Of­fer­ton fire sta­tion, said: ”When he opened the door he looked at us be­mused but there was a lot of smoke as it doesn’t dis­si­pate straight away and builds up.

“It is a new an­noy­ance, it is strange what turn outs are caused by chang­ing times.

“We would ask peo­ple to be care­ful and ei­ther open the win­dow or go out­side, es­pe­cially in a small flat.”

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