Newman's Lane, Loughton
12/02/2016 @ 12:58
Incident Number: 2093
In attendance: 2 x Loughton, 1 x Harlow, 1 x Epping, 1 x Harlow ALP
Firefighters are tackling a fire which broke out in a first floor bedroom of a two storey semi-detached house. On arrival the incident commander reported that the first floor of the house was well alight and the entire property smoke logged.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets had extinguished the fire in the bedroom by 13:45hrs.
The fire appears to have got into the loft and roof space and crews are working to contain and extinguish the fire to prevent it spreading to the adjacent property.
UPDATE 14:49hrs: The fire has been extinguished. Crews used four hose reel jets and one main jet to tackle the fire. Eight firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a thermal image camera to search the property.
A ventilation fan was also used to clear the property of smoke.
Sub Officer Jon Ford said: “We believe the fire was caused by a cigarette burning besdie a bed.
“The bedroom was totally destroyed and the rest of the upper floor was severely damaged. A family-of-four have been left homeless.
“The heat was phenomenal and the building was completely smoke logged. Crews did a fantastic job in preventing this large fire from spreading to other properties.”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is issuing the following cigarette safety advice::
•Make sure your all cigarettes are fully extinguished.
•Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning.
•Never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.
•Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
•Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
•Tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish – and don’t let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.
•Use child safe matches and cigarette lighters and keep them safely out of the reach of children
The best way to stay safe in the home is to fit and regularly test smoke alarms. If you would like to arrange for a free home fire safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge, then call us on 0300 303 0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org