Fire warning over 'self combusting' essential oils

The number of fires caused by fabrics stained with essential oils has increased, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) has said.

WFRS said fires were caused when people washed oil-stained fabrics on or below 40 degrees and then put them away in a warm place.

Washing fabric on a cool temperature does not break the oil down and once it warms up it can "self-combust".

WFRS said fabric with oil on it should be washed at or above 40 degrees.

Julian Parsons, from WRFS, said: "It is hard to believe that fire can just break out in a pile of fabric, but we have seen a great deal of damage caused by this type of blaze."

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