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Fire in block of flats

Trinity Court, Halstead
31/10/2017 @ 00:01
Incident Number: 65785
In attendance: 2 x Halstead, 1 x Sible Hedingham


Residents in a block of flats are all safe after following 'stay put' high rise fire safety advice from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS). 

ECFRS's Control team received around ten calls to a fire in a three storey block of flats in Trinity Court, Halstead, just after midnight this morning (Tuesday 31 October) and were told that people were inside the building.

Three crews were immediately sent to the incident and reported that there was thick black smoke in the stairwell which would have made it very difficult for residents to use the fire escape. 

A small number of ground floor residents had already made their way outside and firefighters told all remaining residents to follow usual 'stay put' procedures by remaining inside their flats while crews tackled the fire. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 1.10am.

Incident Commander Lee Lucas said:

"The fire was caused by a motorcycle which had been left in the ground floor stairwell and set alight. As the tyres began to burn it produced a thick black smoke which made visibility inside the building's stairwell impossible. 

"Residents on the upper floors of the building did the right thing by following our 'stay put' advice for high rise buildings which kept them safe within their homes."

The stairwell has suffered limited smoke damage. 

Two people suffered smoke inhalation and were left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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