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Candles start house fire - two cats rescued

Crossfields, Loughton
27/11/2019 @ 20:56
Incident Number: 113655
In attendance: 1 x Loughton, 1 x Epping, 1 x Woodford (LFB)


A woman has been left homeless after candles started a fire in her bedroom. 

Crews were called to the house in Crossfields, Loughton, after reports of a fire on the first floor. 

When firefighters arrived they were unsure whether anyone was inside the property, so while some firefighters began tackling the fire, others began searching the house.

Although firefighters found no one inside the property, they did find two cats who were both unresponsive.

Station Manager Steve Wintrip said:

"The good news is that when firefighters first brought the cats outside they were able to revive them and they have made a full recovery

"The crews worked incredibly hard in stressful conditions to stop the fire spreading and extinguished it before 10pm.

"We believe the fire was caused by a candle in the bedroom, which either caught alight to nearby materials or were knocked over by the cats. 

"At this time of year people tend to use candles more, but it is so important to ensure they are never left unattended - always extinguish them when you leave the room." 

The first floor has suffered significant fire damage and the house is no longer habitable. 

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