FireBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.419 (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:419
- T Greenhalgh
On 29 November 1989 we were writing out Christmas party invitations and listening to the Brandenberg concertos on the radio. Our 6 month old son was asleep in the back bedroom. An old friend phoned and chatted for a long time. I thought I smelt burning, so I peered round the door to the limit of the telephone flex. I saw a light upstairs, and assumed I had left the bedside lamp switched on.
I had. The lamp had toppled over and a cotton duvet quickly caught alight. The bed, which was new and fireproof, did not burn, but the wallpaper, the …