Evelyn Place, Chelmsford
03/07/2017 @ 11:50
Incident Number: 57960
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford, 1 x Great Baddow
Crews were called to reports of a shed fire in Evelyn Place, Chelmsford this morning.
On arrival, they found that the fire had started in a lean-to attached to a terraced house, but had spread to the roof and first floor of the house, with the rest of the property also filled with smoke.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 12:40pm. The first floor and loft have suffered severe damage and the house has been left uninhabitable.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a fridge-freezer which was in the lean-to.
Incidents like this show how important it is to make sure your kitchen appliances are kept in good working order.
Electrical appliances that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger. Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering light are all signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems.
Don't overload extension leads and adaptors, they have a limit on how many amps they can take.
Make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition. Replace frayed or damaged cables or leads.
Be sure to register your appliances so you can be contacted if a safety repair is ever needed.
Read more electrical fire safety advice here.