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Dog dies in kitchen fire caused by electrical fault

Jeffreys Road, Cressing
15/01/2020 @ 10:08
Incident Number: 116346
In attendance: 1 x Braintree, 1 x Witham


A dog has sadly died after an electrical fault caused a kitchen fire this morning.

Firefighters were called to Jeffrey’s Road in Cressing at 10:08am after neighbours heard smoke alarms going off in a first floor flat.

On arrival, crews reported that the hallway to the block of flats was smoke logged and firefighters wore breathing apparatus (BA) to locate the fire in the first floor flat.

The flat was 100% smoke logged and crews found a small fire in the kitchen. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire by 10:49am.

The flat was badly smoke damaged and the family have been left homeless.

The cause of the fire was accidental after an electrical fault in a fridge freezer.

Watch Manager Paul Burder from Braintree Fire Station said: “This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home and we want to encourage everyone to check they have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home. Make sure to test your smoke alarms weekly.

“If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms at home, we can fit them for free during a home safety visit. You can book a visit online at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call us on 0300 303 0088.”

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