House fire - logs beside fireplace catch alight
Bell Common, Epping
12/11/2017 @ 19:38
Incident Number: 66699
In attendance: 1 x Epping, 1 x Loughton
Firefighters were called to a house fire tonight after logs stored beside a fireplace caught alight.
On arrival, crews reported that around half of the two-storey home's ground floor was filled with smoke.
Fortunately, while the fire had spread to the living room wall around the fireplace, firefighters were able to prevent it from becoming any more serious.
The fire was extinguished by 8.15pm.
Derek Whitbread, Watch Manager at Epping Fire Station, said: "At this time of year, many of us enjoy using log fires in our homes - but this incident goes to show the importance of taking care when using them.
"The residents of this property were storing logs near to the fireplace, ready to be used to keep the fire going later in the evening.
"Our advice is to make sure you keep anything flammable - particularly fuel for fire - well away from the fireplace when it's in use and to never leave it unattended while its burning.
"Despite that, the owners responded perfectly once they noticed the spare logs had ignited - they got out, stayed out and called the fire service out."
The home has been left with minor smoke damage.