A WOMAN was taken to hospital tonight suffering burns to her hands after a bottle of nail varnish remover - wrapped in newspapers she had been using to start a living room fire - ignited.

A spokesman for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said two appliances were sent to Valley Road, Northallerton, at 6.25pm.

The spokesman said: “The incident involved a fire in the living room of the property.

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“The female occupier was trying to light the living room fire and she was using scrap paper they have.

“However, wrapped in the scrap paper was a bottle of nail varnish remover she had not been aware of.

“When she put that on the fire it rapidly ignited and the contents caused burns to her hands.”

She added: “Our crews treated her on the scene with gel packs and she was transported to the Friarage Hospital by the North East Ambulance Service, where she was further treated.”

Her burns were described as minor.

The fire, which caused minimal damage to the living room, was extinguished before the arrival of firefighters.