Statement following the Lucas Carter inquest

Lucas died on Sunday 30 October following a fire at his home on Platt Avenue, Sandbach.

During the hearing the court heard the most probable cause of the fire was an unattended pumpkin candle igniting the living room curtains in the early hours of the morning. The fire quickly spread throughout the living room and into the hallway and while Lucas mum was able to escape the property, sadly she was unable to reach her son.

Firefighters arrived at the scene within ten minutes of receiving the initial call and on arrival the fire had already spread throughout the property. Crews rescued Lucas from a first floor bedroom and the team immediately began to administer first aid before he was taken to Leighton Hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, Lucas passed away shortly after 5am.

Following the conclusion of today’s inquest Station Manager Ian Pugh, who was the Fire Investigation Officer at the incident, said: “Firstly, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Lucas’ family and friends, my thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.

“I would also like to recognise the courage and bravery of all the firefighters who attended on the night and rescued Lucas.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, they were unable to save him.

“This is a truly tragic case and if anything can be taken from Lucas death I hope that it acts as a warning to others about the dangers of candles.”