FIREFIGHTERS ask smokers to ensure cigarettes are put out after a man’s sofa caught fire.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service put out the fire at a flat in Ewhurst Road, Crawley, at 4.55pm on August 17 after a cigarette set a sofa alight, significantly damaging the flat.

Fire chiefs ask smokers to use an ashtray and always ensure the cigarette is fully out.

For a free home safety check, by the fire service, call freephone 0800 328 6487.