FIRE chiefs have again warned residents about the dangers of smoking in bed after a blaze at a flat.

Firefighters were called to a third floor flat in Park Road, Swanage, on Saturday morning after smoke was spotted coming from the building.

Upon arrival, two fire crews, one from Swanage and one from Wareham, tackled a small fire in a bedroom.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said it was caused by discarded smoking materials.

No-one was injured and fire damage was confined to a bed, a small patch of carpet and floorboards. However, the remainder of the property suffered smoke damage.

A brigade spokesman said: “If you are a smoker keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, preferably in a high cupboard or drawer.

“Do not smoke in bed but if you do, ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished before you fall asleep.”