Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


House fire

Harsnett Road, Colchester
12/02/2016 @ 18:41
Incident Number: 2117
In attendance: 2 x Colchester

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were called to a fire in the first floor bedroom of a semi-detached house.

Crews used a thermal image camera to check for hot spots in the building and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire by 19:22hrs.

Two breathing apparatus suits were worn during the fire. A ventilation fan was used to clear the property of smoke.

Two people were inside the property when they discovered the fire.

Sub Officer Stephen Smith said: "We believe the fire was caused by a mobile phone overheating on the quilt.

"There were no smoke alarms inside the property, which could have prevented such a substantial fire. The rear bedroom of the first floor was destroyed by the fire.

"Fortunately, one of the occupiers smelt the fire. Had this been late at night, it could have been a completely different outcome."

ECFRS has issued the following advice:

* Never leave your electrical devices charging overnight. Charge phones, tablets, laptops and e-cigarettes while you are in the room and turn them off when you leave the room.
* Don’t leave devices charging on the carpet or under a pillow.
* Make sure that e-cigarettes are bought from a reputable source and are used and charged in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
* Keep electrical items away from flammable materials when charging.
* Don't overload sockets - power strip extension leads are safest, but can only take a total of 13 amps.

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