Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Thatched cottage fire

Carters Hills, Manuden
01/08/2018 @ 16:55
Incident Number: 83484
In attendance: 1 x Stansted, 1 x Harlow, 1 x Saffron Walden, 1 x Halstead (Water Bowser)

Firefighters were called to a fire in the bedroom of a thatched cottage in Manuden.

The fire was contained to the bedroom on the first floor and was quickly extinguished by 6pm.

One woman, who had suffered smoke inhalation, was given first aid by firefighters before the Ambulance Service arrived.

The cause of the fire was found to be a cigarette which had been accidentally dropped on the floor of the bedroom.

Follow this incident, firefighters are urging all smokers to take extra care when smoking at home.

If you're a smoker or you have a smoker living in your house, make sure you follow our advice to stay safe at home:

  • Make sure your all cigarettes are fully extinguished.
  • Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning.
  • Never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
  • Tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish – and don’t let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.
  • Use child safe matches and cigarette lighters and keep them safely out of the reach of children
  • Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.

The best way to stay safe in the home is to fit and regularly test smoke alarms. If you would like to arrange for a FREE home safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted FREE of charge, then call us on 0300 303 0088 or visit

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