Wallasey beauty salon birthday cake fire burns woman

Firefighters outside John Hemingway Hair in Wallasey Village
Image caption The birthday candles ignited vapour around the woman who was having her nails done

A woman suffered serious burns when candles on her birthday cake set fire to fumes at a Merseyside beauty salon.

The 80-year-old's clothes ignited at John Hemingway Hair in Wallasey Village at about 12:20 BST, firefighters said.

Police said the fire started after the woman, who was having work done on her nails, was presented with the cake.

The victim, and a man who suffered burns to his hands while trying to extinguish the fire, were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital for treatment.

It is believed both have since been transferred to a specialist burns unit at Whiston Hospital.

A police spokesman said the candles ignited vapour around the woman, engulfing her in flames.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's Paul Murphy said firefighters had "administered first aid to the woman" at the scene.

An investigation into the incident by both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has begun.

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