Crawley man in hospital after disposable barbecue is put in bin

Fire crews treated a man for smoke inhalation
Fire crews treated a man for smoke inhalation

A man was taken to hospital after a disposable barbecue set fire to a bin.

Two fire crews were called to a house in Downland Drive, Southgate, at 7.30pm on Sunday (July 19).

A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters used a hose to put out the fire.

Firefighters gave the occupier first aid for a burn injury.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

A fire spokesman said: “Never put hot ashes or disposable barbecues straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin – they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.”

The flames caused five per cent damage to the house’s front porch.

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