Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Garden fire

Ongar Road, Chelmsford
23/03/2020 @ 01:06
Incident Number: 120082
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford

Firefighters are issuing a warning about garden fires after an elderly man had a lucky escape in the early hours of this morning.

Crews were called to the house in Ongar Road, Chelmsford, after a neighbour noticed there was a fire in the garden next door. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the back of the house was alight, along with the fence and a coal bunker. 

Watch Manager Nick Singleton, Chelmsford Fire Station, said: 

"The homeowner had emptied hot ashes from his indoor fire into a container close to the coal bunker before going to bed. 

"As the ashes were still smouldering they caught alight and the fire before spreading through the garden, reaching the fence and back of the house. 

"Thankfully the neighbour noticed and reported the fire before it reached the inside of the house.

"With people spending more time at home and in their gardens at the moment, it's so important to ensure you extinguish any sort of fire, ashes and smoking materials properly. 

"And of course, make sure you have a working smoke alarm to alert you to the first sign of fire."

Firefighters worked hard to stop fire fire spreading any further and extinguished it by 1.30am. 

Outdoor fire safety advice

  • Site the bonfire or fire pit well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the fire 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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