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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Tea towels spark fire at Carlisle restaurant

Tea towels sparked a blaze at a Carlisle restaurant.

Carlisle restaurant photo
Ruen Thai restaurant

Firefighters were called to the Ruen Thai, on Crosby Street, in the city centre, just after 2.30pm on Sunday.

Will Richardson, one of the firefighters who attended, said the towels, which had been in the tumble dryer, had oil on them and had “self-combusted” due to the heat.

“They had been piled up in a basket and then self-combusted,” he said.

Three engines attended – from Carlisle, Brampton and Longtown.

The restaurant was empty at the time and the fire was reported by a passer-by who heard the fire alarm.

Damage was caused to furniture in the restaurant and the crews used fans to clear smoke from the building. The restaurant was closed yesterday with nobody available to comment.


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