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Kitchen fire - caused by electrics - PHOTOS

De Vere Lane, Wivenhoe
11/04/2019 @ 08:52
Incident Number: 98324
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe


Firefighters were called to a house fire in Wivenhoe this Morning (Thursday 11 April) after the occupant had turned on the washing machine and it had started to smoke.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the fire was in the kitchen and appeared to be within a under-counter cupboard next to the washing machine.

Thankfully the fire was contained and did not spread.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, due to an electrical cable which had been unsafely amended.

Crew Manager Andy Edwards, Colchester Fire Station, said:
"Incidents like this show how important it is to always get an approved electrican to do any electrical work in your home.

"Sometime these little jobs look like an easy job, but all electrics pose a fire risk and unless you are a qualified electrican you shouldn't attempt to have a go yourself. Due to the unsafe connection this plug overheated and it was only by luck that it was caught early enough and didnt spread into a high fire".

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