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Outbuilding fire - caused by wood burner embers

Third Avenue, Thurrock
31/12/2018 @ 00:17
Incident Number: 92696
In attendance: 2 x Grays


Firefighters were called to a fire involving an outbuilding in the garden of a property in Thurrock last night (Monday 31 December).

The wooden outbuilding, which had a wood burner and furniture inside it, caught alight when embers from the wood burner were accidentally left smouldering on the floor.

When fire crews got to the property they quickly set about extinguishing the fire which was deep seated in, and under, the floor. Firefighters then checked for hot spots and ensured the whole area was fuly cooled.

The floor was destroyed and the rest of the building suffered smoke damage.

Safety message:
Firefighters are urging everyone to install smoke alarms in any outbuilding which are used for living. This fire had been smouldering for some time before the owner saw the smoke. A smoke alarm would have alerted the owner or a neighbour much earlier, and the damage would have been reduced.

 

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