Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


BBQ sets fire to house

Viking Way, Pilgrims Hatch
25/08/2019 @ 18:08
Incident Number: 107471
In attendance: 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Chelmsford

A house and garden have suffered fire damage after the flames from a barbecue became uncontrollable. 

Crews were called to a bungalow in Viking Way, Pilgrims Hatch, after the owner reported that the flames from his barbecue had caught fire to the back of his property. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the back of the property had caught alight and the flames had reached the roof. 

Firefighters quickly brought the incident under control and extinguished the fire by 7.05pm. 

Ben Turner, Watch Manager at Brentwood Fire Station, said:

"A barbecue is a great way to make the most of the hot weather we're experiencing this bank holiday weekend, but it's so important to make sure you stay safe while using it. 

"Only ever use approved barbecue starter fuel or fire lighters to start a barbecue - never use petrol. 

"Make sure your barbecue is a safe distance away from your house, fence and anything else that could catch alight.

"In the event that your barbecue does become uncontrollable do not try to tackle the fire yourself - move a safe distance away and call 999."

The back of the house and an area of the garden has suffered from fire damage and a number of rooms have suffered some smoke damage.

Essex County Fire and Rescue's barbecue safety advice:

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. Never use a barbeque indoors
  • Never leave a barbecue unattended
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing a gas cylinder
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control. This will stop any gas from leaking

Brentwood Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters - people who live or work within five minutes of the station and respond when they are called to an incident. Interested in becoming an on-call firefighter? Visit for more information.

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