Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire in flat

Holden Close, Braintree
13/07/2017 @ 14:24
Incident Number: 58770
In attendance: 1 x Braintree, 1 x Coggeshall

Firefighters were alerted to reports of a fire in a home in Holden Close, Braintree this afternoon.

On arrival, crews found that an airing cupboard in a third floor flat was alight and part of the property was smoke logged.

Station Officer Steve Wintrip said: “Incidents like this show exactly how important it is to have a working smoke alarm.
“The homeowner did everything right once she heard the alarm – she closed all internal doors to contain the fire, called 999 and then left her flat quickly and calmly.
“Our crews worked hard to make sure the fire was contained to the hallway and extinguished by 2:50pm.
"The hallway and a nearby bedroom were damaged by smoke, but using Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fans we were able to keep the 10 corn snakes and two chinchillas, which were being kept in the living room, free from harm.
“The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, due to an electrical fault in the airing cupboard.”

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