Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Bedroom fire spreads to roof and destroys house

Longaford Way, Hutton
14/05/2018 @ 19:07
Incident Number: 77347
In attendance: 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Billericay, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Chelmsford (aerial ladder platform)

Crews were called to a detatched property after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was in a first floor bedroom and had spread to the roof. 

Firefighters began sectorising the incident (dividing it into areas) to surround the fire, and despite difficult access, brought it under control by 8.20pm.

By 9.50pm the fire had been extinguished and firefighters remained on site to check for hot spots. 

Watch Manager Dan Evison said:

"Thankfully the homeowner heard their smoke alarm and quickly left the property and called 999.

"This incident proved a challenge for our crews due to the size, height and age of the property.

"These factors meant that we had to fight the fire externally, using hose reel jets from the ground, ladders and the aerial ladder platform.

"As well as fighting the fire we attempted to salvage as much of the contents of the house as we could, both by bringing items outside and covering them with sheets.

"Once the main fire was extinguished we used a thermal image camera to identify hot spots which had continued to spread through cavities and were hard to reach externally.

"The roof has been completely destroyed and the first floor has suffered around 70% fire damage. The whole house has also suffered extensive water damage."

Following an investigation the cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

Fire Investigation Officer Lee Palfreyman said:

"We believe that the fire started after the sunlight refracted through a window, onto a mirror and back onto curtains or wallpaper.

"The fire quickly spread after flames came out of the window and back into the roof.

"This is the second incident of this nature we’ve seen this year, and they show how powerful the sun can be.

"To avoid this kind of incident keep mirrors and crystal or glass objects away from windows and direct sunlight."

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