5.5.16 Illicit cigarette warning after fire death in Bournemouth

22-06-2016

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging the public to think about where they buy cigarettes, after a fire in Bournemouth which killed an elderly woman.

An inquest was held today into the death of Barbara Rankilor who sadly passed away after a fire at her home in Cranleigh Road, Bournemouth on 8th November 2015.  The coroner, Mr Sheriff Payne delivered a verdict that Miss Rankilor died as the result of an accident which caused extensive burns covering 70% of her body, following a fire caused by a cigarette.  The cigarette in question was from a batch which had been purchased cheaply and did not meet current EU standards.

Fire Safety Manager (South) for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Station Manager Stuart Granger said: “Unfortunately Miss Rankilor’s death could have been prevented.  She was smoking a cigarette which does not comply with EU law and therefore did not have the capability to self-extinguish.  EU compliant cigarettes have two fire safety bands along their length.  If the cigarette burns up to the band and is not inhaled upon, it will self-extinguish. This is called a reduced ignition propensity or ‘fire safer’ cigarette.

He added: “Non reduced ignition propensity cigarettes can burn faster and hotter and without the capability to self-extinguish, if they are dropped they can start a fire very quickly.  If you are buying or selling these cigarettes you are putting yourself and others at risk.”

June Buffham also died previously in 2012, following a fire at her home which the coroner linked with Jin Ling cigarettes which are non-reduced ignition propensity.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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