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Colchester crew reassures student community following flat fire

A crew from Colchester Fire Station has been visiting homes to give safety advice following a fire in a flat that started after students were cooking following a night out.

Colchester's Red Watch visited home around Capstan Place, where the fire took place, to chat to the residents, who are mainly students, about kitchen and cooking safety.

The incident happened during the early hours of Monday 2 October and saw two students having to be recused after their unattended cooking caught alight. Although the smoke alarm was going off the two females in the flat were asleep in their bedrooms and intoxicated from alcohol.

The crew spoke to a number of students and gave out safety leaflets and face-to-face advice and reassurance, as well as leaving leaflets through the doors of those who were not at home and further information on communal notice boards.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety team will also be attending the University of Essex’s Freshers’ Fair on Saturday 7th to offer home safety advice to all students as well as information on reducing chances of a road traffic collision.

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