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Kitchen fire - no working smoke alarms

Dickens Close, Southend
23/10/2020 @ 19:23
Incident Number: 133229
In attendance: 2 x Southend


Firefighters were called to an oven fire in Southend this evening after the resident noticed a fire in his kitchen and called the Fire Service.

Control Room staff advised the man to get out of the house to safety and where he could, to shut doors to prevent the fire spreading throughout his house.

On arrival, firefighters reported that the kitchen was heavily smoke logged and extinguished an oven fire by 7:49pm.

The kitchen was left smoke damaged after cooking left unattended caused an oven fire.

While at the property, firefighters fitted smoke alarms as the resident had no working smoke alarms.

Crew Manager Rick Jones from Southend Fire Station said: “Smoke alarms save lives and we want all homes in Essex to have them, they give you and others an early warning sign to fire. Had this resident not spotted the fire himself and called us, the fire could have gone unnoticed and spread quickly and this is why smoke alarms are so important to alert us to fire. We can fit smoke alarms for free during a home fire safety visit, if you haven’t got working smoke alarms at home please contact our team.”

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

If you or someone you know doesn't have working smoke alarms at home, book a free home fire safety and our team can fit smoke alarms for free.

Find out more at essex-fire.gov.uk/book

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
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