Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Dogs, cats, birds and pigs saved from fire

Cavendish Avenue, Colchester
11/05/2022 @ 12:28
Incident Number: 167675
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe

Crews saved more than 40 animals from a fire affecting a property in Colchester.

Firefighters from Colchester and Wivenhoe were called to Cavendish Avenue today (Wednesday 11 May) at 12.28pm.

A fire had started in the garage and spread to the adjoining bungalow  and neighbours raised the alarm.

Station Manager Syd Barrett said: "No-one was in the property when the fire started, but thankfully neighbours heard the smoke alarms and noticed the smoke.

"The fire was well-developed when crews arrived. Crew Manager Jeremy Castle and his teams did a fantastic job, working extremely hard to get it under control so quickly and stop it from spreading.

"There were dogs, cats, birds, pigs, guinea pigs and a rabbit in the property and outside. Sadly, one marmoset died and I took another to a vets, but we're pleased the other animals are OK."

Firefighters rescued some of the animals and others escaped when firefighters opened doors.

The fire was fully extinguished by 1.23pm. As well as tackling the fire, crews gave oxygen therapy to a cat and one of the marmosets. 

The occupants returned home as firefighters arrived at the scene. A woman was left in the care of the Ambulance Service after breathing in smoke.

An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.

Do you have working smoke alarms?

This incident highlights the importance of smoke alarms. We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home to keep you and your family safe.

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Incident Images

  • Cavendish Avenue Colchester 11 May 2022 (1)
  • Cavendish Avenue Colchester 11 May 2022 (2)
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