Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


House fire - started by mobile phone/charger

Fennells, Harlow
12/02/2019 @ 12:23
Incident Number: 94923
In attendance: 2 x Harlow

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Harlow this lunchtime (Tuesday 12 February).

The alarms was raised by neighbours who spotted smoke coming from the property and called 999.

When fire crews arrived at the house, they reported that the property was completely full of smoke. The fire was in the ground floor living room.

Firefighters managed to get into the property and quickly extinguish the fire and stop it spreading the property next door.

Sadly a dog, cat and three rats were found dead in the property.

The cause of the fire was found to be a mobile phone plugged into phone charger.

The whole house has suffered bad smoke damage, and the ground floor has also suffered fire damage.

Watch Manager Steve Harrison, Harlow Fire Station, said:

"Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care when using a charger. Follow our safety advice to keep you and your family safe."

  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house.
  • Never leave plugged in and turned on when they are not in use.
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods.
  • Only use the charger supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards.


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