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Firefighters rescue elderly man from house fire

Waveney Drive, Chelmsford
05/02/2019 @ 09:16
Incident Number: 94556
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford, 1 x Great Baddow


An elderly man was rescued from his home by firefighters this morning after a fire started in his bedroom.

Crews were called to the semi-detached property after the man's son dialled 999 after being alerted by a smoke alarm within the house.

When crews entered the building, the entire upstairs was smoke logged. Firefighters rescued the man by 9.31am, before extinguishing the fire completely by 9.53am.

Nick Singleton, Watch Manager at Chelmsford Fire Station, said: "This incident shows the dangers of keeping combustible materials near to electrical appliances - particularly lights and heating sources.

"We believe that the heat from a bedside light has caused some tissues to ignite. Our advice is to keep areas where electrical items are powered on or charging clear of anything which may catch fire.

"Fortunately, the professionalism of our firefighters have prevented this from becoming a much more serious incident. I have absolutely no doubt that their quick-thinking actions have saved this man's life."

The upstairs of the property has been affected by smoke damage. The man was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

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