Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flat fire

Southchurch Boulevard, Southend
17/09/2021 @ 00:38
Incident Number: 152440
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Rayleigh, 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Rochford

Crews were called to a block of flats after reports of a fire on the ground floor.

On arrival firefighters confirmed the fire was contained to one ground floor flat, which they safely evacuated, and issued a message for all other flats to stay put in their properties. 

Crews confirmed they had extinguished the fire by 2am.

Group Manager Mark Eaglestone said:

"Our crews acted quickly to control the fire while we implemented the building's stay put policy.

"The fire spread was contained to the single flat, although there is smoke logging in communal areas on the ground, first and second floor.

"By following the stay put policy, with residents staying in their flats and keeping their doors and windows closed, residents remained safe while we extinguished the fire. 

"The building also has automatic smoke vents, which work by opening automatically when a fire is detected, and means smoke can escape out of the building rather than building up in a confined space. This assisted our crews in fighting the fire. 

"Firefighters are now ventilating the building and will remain on site until it has completely cooled and is clear of smoke."

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental and the origin was an electric fan. 

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