Bathroom fire caused by portable heater
Penfold Road, Clacton-on-Sea
07/01/2020 @ 09:32
Incident Number: 115892
In attendance: 2 x Clacton
Crews were called to a house in Penfold Road, Clacton, after reports of a house fire.
On arrival firefighters reported that a portable gas heater that had been used to heat the bathroom had caught alight.
Crews quickly surrounded the fire and extinguished it by 9.58am.
Watch Manager Kieran Warner, Clacton Fire Station, said:
"When the residents discovered the fire they closed the doors, got themselves and their pets our of the house and called 999, which was absolutely the right thing to do.
"The fire started after a pipe on the gas heater failed, resulting in gas escaping and catching fire.
"We recommend that anyone using gas heaters get them serviced and checked regularly.
"We also advise against leaving portable heaters unattended."
The bathroom has suffered both fire and water damage, and the kitchen, which is below the bathroom, has suffered water damage.