Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen Fire - couple saved by working smoke alarm

Hamel Way, Widdington
27/12/2017 @ 22:16
Incident Number: 69303
In attendance: 1 x Newport, 1 x Saffron Walden

An couple in their 80s had a lucky escape thanks to their working smoke alarms alerting them of a fire in their kitchen.

Crews were called to a house fire at Hamel Way, Widdington, yesterday evening (Wednesday 27 December).

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a small fire in the kitchen and extinguished it by 10.45pm.

Neil Byford, Watch Manager at Newport Fire Station, said:

"Following a power cut earlier in the day the occupants of the house had gone to bed. They were woken by their smoke detector sounding, but as the couple are in their 80s and suffer from restricted in their mobility, they were unable to get our of the house. 

"The couple shouted out of the window for help and a neighbour heard their shouts and managed to call 999 on their behalf. The neighbour also got them out of the house before we arrived.

"The fire was restricted to items that were left on top of the cooker, which had been turned on before the power cut, so when the power came back on it ignited boxes that had been placed onto the cooker.

"Had there been no working smoke alarm the outcome would have been very different.

"Incidents like this shows why it's so important to have a working smoke alarm in your house and to check that elderly relatives and friends have one too. 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service want every home in Essex to have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms alert you at the first sign of fire, giving time to get out, stay out and call the fire service out. You can get smoke alarms fitted for FREE by booking a home safety visit. Call us on: 0300 303 0088 or book online:



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