Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Unattended bonfire spreads out of control and causes damage to six gardens

Dumont Avenue, St Osyth
06/08/2019 @ 16:40
Incident Number: 106139
In attendance: 1 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley

Firefighters have issued important fire safety advice following a fire in St Osyth yesterday (Tuesday 6 August).

Fire crews were called to a fire in a garden which had spread from an unattended bonfire into six neighbouring gardens.

The fire damaged the fences of six gardens, a neighbouring workshop, three sheds, a summerhouse and several wood piles.

Watch Manager Andy Marshall, Clacton Fire Station, said:

"Bonfire can easily spread out of control, especially in the warm dry condition that we are having this month. If is essential that if you do have a bonfire, you must stay with it all ALL times. Unattended bonfires can cause devastating damage to not only your property, but also to your neighbours properties and belongings like what happened in this incident.

"So if you are having a bonfire please take extra care and read our fire safety advice:


  • Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the bonfire burning unattended
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving
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