Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flat fire - no working smoke alarms

Magnolia Drive, Colchester
18/11/2017 @ 10:35
Incident Number: 67029
In attendance: 2 x Colchester

Firefighters were called to a fire in a ground floor flat in Colchester this morning (Saturday 18 November).

When fire crews arrived they reported the fire was in the kitchen and the smoke had filled the whole flat.

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire and then cleared the smoke from the property.

Watch Manager Stephen Smith from Colchester Fire Station said:

"The occupants were not alerted to the fire as early as they could have been as they did not have any working smoke alarms. They only noticed the kitchen was on fire when they spotted the smoke. The occupant then tried to extinguish the fire, but suffered burns to their face, hands and feet.

"Incidents like this show how important it is to have a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms give you early warning of a fire in your home, so you have time to get out, stay out and cal the fire service out. It is also advisable not to try and tackle the fire yourself. Close the door to the room affected by the fire and get yourself and your family out safely.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental. It is thought the fire was started by some batteries which had been disgarded with some rubbish.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service want every home in Essex to have working smoke alarms. You can get them fitted for FREE by booking a home safety visit. Call us on: 0300 303 0088 or book online:


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