Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2017, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Wed, 22 Mar 201703:40:00 GMT 50 tonnes of refuse alight - Station Road, East Tilbury Crews were called to a fire at a scrap yard in Station Road, East Tilbury, in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 22 March).

On arrival firefighters reported that approximately 50 tonnes of mixed refuse, including rubber, plastic and foam, was alight.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire by 6.03am.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6554/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6554/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Fire in basement of office building - Eagle Way, Warley Fire crews were called to reports of a fire in a six storey office building in Warley.

On arrival fire crews reported that the whole building had already been evacuated. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and located the fire in the basement of the building which was full of smoke. Fire crews managed to extinguish the fire by 1:30pm.

Firefighters then used a thermal imaging camera (a device which detects heat) to make sure the fire and hot spots were fully out. Crews ventiliated the building and left the scene at 2pm.

The cause of the fire has been found to be due to an overheated fan system. The building suffered very minimal fire damage, but has suffered slight smoke damage.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6553/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6553/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
House fire - smoke alarm alerts occupants - PHOTOS - Water Lane, Firefighters were called to a house fire in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 21 March) after the occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by their working smoke alarm.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the roof of the large detached period farmhouse was on fire and the top floor was heavily smoke logged. 

Firefighters tackled the fire using multiple hoses and also used an Aerial Ladder Platform to pour water on the fire from above.

Crews extinguished the fire by 5am and then continued to strip roof tiles to check for any remaining hotspots. At 6am, the incident was scaled down to just two fire engines and one Aerial Ladder Platform, and crews continued for a further hour to dampen down remaining hotspots.

Assistant Divisional Officer Craig McLellan said:

"Firefighters worked extremely hard at this incident to prevent the fire spreading to the rest of this large period home. It is thanks to their efforts that only 30% of the roof has been destroyed, the damage has been limited to the roof and second floor only. The rest of the property was luckily saved.

"I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your home. This morning, thanks to their working smoke alarm, the occupants of this property were alerted to the fire and were able to get themselves out of the house safely and call 999.

"There's really no excuse for not having a working smoke alarm in your home. The fire service will visit your home and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Call us today to book your visit: 0300 303 0088 or book online: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6552/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6552/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Roof fire - Mornington Road, Canvey Island Fire crews were called by neighbours to a fire in the roof of a unoccupied semi-detached house in Mornington Road, Canvey.

Initially two fire engines were sent to the incident, but when firefighters arrived at the property they reported that the roof and first floor were completely alight and the loft had collapsed onto the first floor. A further fire engine was requested to assist the crews tackle the fire.

The occupants of the adjoining property were evacuated while crews tackled the fire.

Firefighters worked to remove roof tiles to expose the fire and tackled the fire from the outside. The fire was extinguished by 10:10pm.

The property has been badly damaged, and the adjoining property has suffered some water damage and will not be habitable until structural engineers have assessed the properties.

An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6551/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6551/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Road traffic collision on A12 - A12, Witham Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the A12, southbound between junctions 23 - 24 (Kelvedon to Witham) involving six vehicles.

Firefighters released one casualty from their vehicle and left two more casualties in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6550/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6550/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Scrap yard fire - Towers Road, Grays Crews were called this morning (Sunday 19 March) to a fire at a scrap yard in Grays. 

On arrival firefighters reported that 20 tonnes of metal was alight and worked quickly to extinguish it by 8.02am. 

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6549/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6549/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Building evacuated after chemical incident - Spinks Lane, Witham Crews have been called to a chemical incident in Spinks Lane, Witham. 

It has been reported that two chemicals have been mixed together in a dosing machine by error. This has led to the building being evacuated.

The Ambulance Service is in attendance.

Update 2pm: Our crews have now made the scene safe.

ADO Mark Huggins said:

"We were called to Witham Leisure Centre by staff, who were mixing chemicals to make chlorine, mistakenly mixed the wrong chemicals together, which created a small gas cloud. 

"Our crews sectioned the incident into two parts. One section focused on ventilating the main reception area. The second section was based in the plant room where the mixing had taken place. We diluted the chemical by flushing the pipe with water and then ventilated the area. 

"Our crews worked quickly to make the scene safe by 1.30pm and handed it back to the manager to run their own safety checks.

Eight people have been treated by the Ambulance Service."

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6548/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6548/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Kitchen fire in takeaway restaurant - Station Road, Harlow Firefighters were called to a fire in a takeaway restaurant. When crews arrived at the incident they reported the restaurant's kitchen, which is on the first floor of the building, was on fire.

Fire crews managed to extinguish the fire by 11am.

An investigation into the fire has now taken place and the cause has been recorded as accidental.

Station Officer Darren Martin said:

"Our investigation showed that the fire started because the plate warming cupboard had been left on. This caused the floor to catch alight and smoulder overnight.

"On discovery of the fire the owner closed all the doors, left the building and contacted us, which was the right thing to do.

"To extinguish the fire it was necessary for us to cut away the flooring on the first floor, which has left the restaurant ceiling and the kitchen floor damaged. The building has also suffered slight water and smoke damage."

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is committed to helping all businesses in the County by providing advice and information on fire safety issues and legislation. For more information visit our business safety pages.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6547/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6547/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT
Show your mum you care this Mother's Day This Mother’s Day (Sunday 26 March) make sure your mum is safe from the risk of fire by checking she has a working smoke alarm in her home.

Whether you’re going out for a nice meal, popping over to her house with some flowers or giving her a call from across the miles, it’s a good chance to make sure she’s safe and well.

Smoke alarms are proven life savers, and ensuring she has a working one on every level of her house is the most important thing you can do.

If your mum already has smoke alarms, take a minute to test them when you visit. It is important that alarms are checked regularly to ensure they are working properly and do not need to be replaced or need new batteries.

If your mum is in any doubt about her current smoke alarms, or doesn’t have one, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will visit her home and fit smoke alarms for free, as well as give her fire safety advice.

Neil Fenwick, Head of Community Safety, said: “Mother’s Day is the perfect day to check that your mum feels safe and well in her home.

“A smoke alarm is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the home. It gives vital early warning at the first sign of a fire, waking you if a fire starts in the night and giving all in the house plenty of time to get out before they are overcome by the deadly smoke that fills their property.

"While you're thinking about your family consider all elderly relatives, friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable and make it your business to make sure they have the same level of protection in their homes."

To arrange a free home fire safety visit for yourself or a vulnerable neighbour or relative call us on 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Show_your_mum_you_care_this_Mothers_Day/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Show_your_mum_you_care_this_Mothers_Day/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Bedroom fire caused by charger - Woodside, Leigh Firefighters were called to a fire in a three storey property in Woodside, Leigh.

When fire crews arrived at the incident they reported a bedroom on the third floor was on fire and smoke had filled the whole floor. The occupants, who were home at the time, closed their internal doors as they left the property, which stopped the fire and smoke spreading to the rest of the house.

Firefighters had extinguished the fire by 6:40pm. The bedroom where the fire started has been left badly damaged.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, due to a charger which was being used at the time, charging a toy.

Incidents like these show how important it is to make sure you are electrical fire safety at home:

Cables, leads and chargers

  • Make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition. Replace frayed or damaged cables or leads.
  • Being badly positioned. They shouldn’t be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat.
  • Never run them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing. Position them elsewhere.
  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house.
  • Never leave plugged in and turned on when they are not in use.
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods.
  • Only use the charger supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6546/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6546/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Horse rescued from ditch - Aragon Close, Jaywick Crews were called to reports of a large horse stuck in a ditch.

On arrival our Animal Rescue Unit entered the water and reported that the horse's hind legs were stuck in silt and sludge and that it's head was just above the water level.

The owner and a farmer held the horse’s head out of the water while a vet sedated the horse to calm it down.

Crews then used strops and ropes which they attached to the horse and a tractor and pulled it out from the ditch.

When crews left the scene at 11.40am the horse was comfortable and grazing again.

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6545/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6545/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in restaurant kitchen - Hutton Road, Shenfield Firefighters were called to a fire in a restaurant in Hutton Road, Shenfield.

When crews arrived they reported that the fire was on the ground floor of a three storey building. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and managed to extinguish the fire by 7:30am. Crews remained the scene until 9.13am to extinguish all remaining hot spots.

The fire investigation has now taken place and determined that the cause of the fire was accidental and started in the cooker hood and ducting.

The fire was deep seated, spreading throughout the ducting, and had been smoldering for around eight hours. It was discovered after an employee from the offices above saw smoke when arriving at work.

The fire has left the ground floor restaurant badly damaged, and the first and second floor of the building (which is used as offices) has suffered some smoke damage.

Our Technical Fire Safety team, who support in creating building designs, fire evacuation strategies, building regulations and auditing and inspections, will work with the business owner to ensure they are supported and informed when rebuilding a safe restaurant.
 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6544/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6544/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one female casualty - Parkway, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to rescue one female casualty who was trapped in her vehicle.

Crews had released the casualty by 7:52pm and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6543/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6543/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Rubbish fire - 18 people evacuated - Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea Crews were called to a shop in Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea this morning (Saturday 11 March).

On arrival firefighters reported that two bags of rubbish, which were piled next to the rear wall, were alight. 

The fire had caused two shops and the flats above to become smoke logged. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and clear the smoke by 12.14pm.

During the incident 18 people were evacuated from the shops and flats. Three people have now been made homeless due to smoke and plumbing damage.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental. The fire is thought to have started by a poorly disgarded cigarette.

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6542/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6542/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - child released from vehicle - A12, Boreham Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the northbound A12 between junction 19 - 20, Boreham to Hatfield Peverel.

On arrival firefighters reported that one vehicle had driven into the back of another and that an 8-year-old child was physically trapped in his car seat due to the door becoming jammed.

Firefighters worked quickly to release the child by 6.45pm and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6541/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6541/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Mill End, Little Easton Crews were called to a road traffic collision this morning (Friday 10 March) involving two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters assisted in making the scene safe while the Ambulance Service dealt with one casualty.

Sadly the casualty died at the scene.

 

Essex Police issued the following statement at 3pm:

"A man has died following a road traffic collision in Little Easton.

"Police were contacted shortly before 10.50am today, Friday March 10, with reports a Ford Fiesta was in collision with a stationary Volkswagen Golf on the B184 near Woodside Way.

"An air ambulance also attended and the driver of the Fiesta, a man aged in his 80s from Thaxted, was treated by paramedics but sadly died at the scene.

"The road is currently closed while forensic examination work is carried out, but is due to open within the next 30 minutes.

"Witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk"

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6540/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6540/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - smoke alarm alerts neighbours - Falcon Way, Basildon Firefighters were called to a fire in a kitchen after a smoke alarm alerted neighbours to the fire.

The occupants of the house were not home at the time, but thanks to their working smoke alarms, neighbours heard the alarm and called 999.

When fire crews arrived at the property they reported the kitchen was full of smoke. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire quickly and clear away the smoke. Luckily, as the kitchen door was shut the rest of the house was not damaged by the fire, and only suffered very light smoke damage. The kitchen has been completely destroyed.

Firefighters found that the fire had started in the dishwasher.

Incidents like these show how important it is to follow our kitchen fire safety advice to NOT leave electrical appliances on unattended. Find more kitchen fire safety advice here: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/Home_Safety_Advice/Electrical/

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6538/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6538/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Shop fire - High Street, Earls Colne An Earls Colne shop owner called 999 this morning (Friday 10 March) after they could smell smoke coming from the walls in their property.

When fire crews arrived at the property they cut away sections of the wall and immediately found that the wooden beams inside the wall were fire damaged and must have been smouldering for some time.

Firefighters cut away more of the wall to extinguish the fire and to check where the fire had spread to. Crews also had to access the flat above the shop (which is unoccupied) to remove floorboards and extinguish the fire which had spread up through the ceiling.

Fire crews managed to extinguish the fire by 11:30pm and used a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots. The shop has suffered some smoke damage, but luckily the fire did not spread to the adjoining shops.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental. The shop had some building works done yesterday (Thursday 9 March) and is it thought that the heat from some felting work had also heated up the wooden beams, which smouldered overnight causing the smoke and damage inside the walls.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6539/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6539/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Three outbuildings alight - Swallows Cross Road, Mountnessing Firefighters were called to a fire involving three small timber framed outbuildings used for storage.

When fire crews arrived, they reported the buildings, which were quite close to the main farm house, were completely alight.

Firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to the house and had extinguish the fire by 00:30am. The three structures were completely destroyed.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6537/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6537/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Plains Farm Close, Colchester Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one vehicle.

On arrival crews reported that one male was trapped and used cutting equipment to remove the roof of his car and release him by 12.21pm.

The casualty was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6536/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6536/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT