Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2019, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Tue, 18 Jun 201919:49:00 GMT Road traffic collision - one trapped female - Pudding Lane, Chigwell Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one car which had left the road and entered a ditch. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the car was on its roof and one female was trapped inside.

Firefighters worked to release the casualty by 8:50pm and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7816/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7816/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Bedroom fire started by sunlight on mirror - PHOTOS - Herons Lane, Firefighters were called to reports of a bedroom fire after sunlight on a mirror caused curtains to ignite.

Firefighters were called to a detatched house in Herons Lane, Ongar, and on arrival reported that there was a fire on the first floor.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished the flames by 7.30pm.

Watch Manager Mark Elsey, Brentwood Fire Station, said:

"The occupants were home at the time and alerted to the first sign of fire by their working smoke alarm. 

"The homeowner then tried to tackle the fire himself and as a result suffered from smoke inhalation. 

"If you discover a fire in your home always get out, stay out and call 999."

The bedroom has suffered some fire and smoke damage, but as the internal doors were closed the damage was contained to that single room. 

Watch Manager Elsey added:

"This incident shows how easy it is for magnifying or reflective objects to cause fires. Always ensure these objects on your window sils, dressing tables or anywhere else in your home are out of direct sunlight."


Ongar Fire Station is crewed by on-call firefighters - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Ongar and all over Essex. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


Do you have smoke alarms to alert you to the first sign of fire?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7815/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7815/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one male trapped - Hillcrest Road, Southend Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one vehicle had overturned and a man was trapped inside. 

Crews worked to release the casualty and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service at 2.50pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7814/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7814/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Community building fire - Hamilton Street, Harwich Crews were called to a community building after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a well developed fire, which appeared to have started from outside and quickly spread to the building due to strong winds.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire by 11.30am.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental or deliberate both possibilities. 

Around 75% of the building has been destroyed by the fire. 


Dovercourt Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7813/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7813/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Dog rescued after smoke alarm alerts neighbours to fire - Paycock Crews were called to a house after a homeowner heard their neighbour's smoke alarm going off. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a fire in the neighbour's kitchen and the property was full of smoke.

Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the fire by 9.40am.

Watch Manager Daniel Byatt, Harlow Fire Station, said:

"The fire started after a heat lamp, which was being used as part of a tortoise enclosure, caught a cardboard box alight.

"Unfortunately the tortoise died during the fire but we were able to rescue a dog from the house. 

"This incident shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your house.

"Although the homeowners were out at the time the smoke alarms alterted neighbours to the fire and they were able to call 999."

The kitchen has suffered some fire damage and the house has sufered some smoke damage. 


Do you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7811/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7811/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Dogs rescued from fire after turning on the cooker - Pennymead, Harlow Two dogs have been rescued from a ground floor flat after they unwittingly started a fire. 

Crews were called to Pennymead, Harlow, after a neighbour heard a smoke alarm sounding from a nearby flat. 

On arrival firefighters forced their way into the property, as the homeowner was out at the time, and reported that the kitchen was smoke logged and there was a smouldering fire on the hob. 

Crews then rescued two dogs from the kitchen and extinguished the fire by 5.35pm. 

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and started after the electric hob was turned on and set alight to papers which had been placed on top of it. 

The flat has suffered some smoke damage. 

Watch Manager Stefan Tanfield, Harlow Fire Station, said:

“Smoke alarms can warn us, and others around us, of the first sign of fire and should always be taken seriously. 

"The occupant has their neighbour to thank for alerting us to the fire before it got out of control, meaning we were able to save the flat from fire damage and the lives of the dogs.

“Always keep your cooker and hob area clear and turn the whole appliance off when you're not using it to ensure it doesn't get accidently switched on."


Stansted and Epping Fire Stations are crewed by on-call firefighter - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over Essex. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


Do you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7812/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7812/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:49:00 GMT
Barbecue safe this summer Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Essex.

But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side. As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco, especially when lighting barbecues or dealing with bad weather.

It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends - many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but, please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job.

And if you’ve planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don’t take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.  In recent years, some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result, so we are urging everyone to stay safe this summer.

Follow our top tips to ensure your barbecue is a safe and enjoyable event:

  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.   
  • Never use a barbecue indoors.
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more.
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.

This may seem a long list but most of these things are common sense. By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light the barbecue. We have had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous. Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early. Most of all, enjoy yourself safely”

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbecue_safe_this_summer/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbecue_safe_this_summer/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Lordship Road, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release one casualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 2:52am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7810/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7810/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - dogs and cats rescued - Broad Walk, Hockley Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a small semi-detached bungalow in Hockley this afternoon (Wednesday 12 June).

When firefighters arrived they reported the fire was in the kitchen and the property was filled with smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to quickly extinguish the fire. They found a number of dogs and cats inside so carried them outside to safety. All the animals luckily survived the smoke and fire.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 4pm.

Watch Manager Gary Shinn, Hawkwell Fire Station, said:

"The resident and the numerous animals have had a very lucky escape today. The property did not have working smoke alarms, and so it took a while for the occupant to be alerted to the fire. They did manage to get out of the hosue before we arrived, but they did suffer from smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

"The fire has caused significant damage to the property and it is been left unhabitable.

"We think the fire was started by one of the animals who accidentally turned on the hob. There was tea towels on top of the hob which then caught alight.

"We want to urge everyone in Essex to have working smoke alarms in their properties. Smoke alarms alert you early that there is a fire, giving you time to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

"It is also important to never leave anything on top of your hob/oven that could catch fire should your hob get turned on by accident".

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

To arrange your FREE fitting, call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7809/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7809/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Cooking left unattended - second incident in 12 hours - Manilla Road, Firefighters have issued cooking fire safety advice for the second time in 12 hours following another incident involving cooking being left unattended and causing a fire.

Firefighters were called to a flat in Southend after two large potsof cooking had been left on a hob overnight to "slow cook" but had dried out and caught alight.

The fire caused a lot of smoke which filled the flat and the communal corridor.

Crew Manager Kim Polley, Southend Fire Station said:

"This was the second incident our crew attended last night which involved cooking being left unattended and causing a fire. In this case, food had been intensionally left on the hob overnight to "slow cook" but this is a very danger method of cooking and we would not advise anyone does this. The food dried out, caught fire and produced a lot of smoke.

"Over 75% of all accidental house fires in Essex start in the kitchen and they can lead to absolute devastation so we want to remind everyone in Essex of some simple cooking fire safety advice".

Cooking safety advice

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • 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.

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

To arrange your FREE fitting, call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7808/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7808/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - First Avenue, Harlow Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had collided with a lampost.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release one casualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 9:30pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7806/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7806/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Cooking left unattended on hob - firefighters issue safety advice - Firefighters have issued fire safety advice after they were called by concerned neighbours to a house full of smoke in Westcliff last night (Tuesday 11 June).

When fire crews arrived, they reported the kitchen was heavily smoke logged. Firefighters gained access to the property and removed a burning pan from on top of the hob. The occupants were not home at the time.

The property had working smoke alarms - which alerted the neighbours to the fire.

Crew Manager Kim Polley, Southend Fire Station said:

"It is thanks to their working smoke alarm that this didn't turn into a really serious and damaging house fire. Working smoke alarms can not only alert the occupants to a fire, but often they alert neighbours and passersby to a fire, and the sooner we are called the less damage that is caused.

"Over 75% of all accidental house fires in Essex start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So whatever happens elsewhere in your house, always make sure you don't leave your cooking unattended and check everything is off before your leave your house."

Cooking safety advice

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • 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.

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

To arrange your FREE fitting, call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7807/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7807/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Markhams Chase, Basildon Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release one casualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 8:45pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7805/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7805/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two casualties - Wyatts Green Road, Brentwood Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release two casualties trapped in their vehicles.

The casualties were released by 8:30pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7804/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7804/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Embers from bonfire set fire to fence - Parkfields, Harlow Firefighters were called to a house in Harlow this afternoon after embers from a bonfire had caught a garden fence alight.

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire before it could spread to the house.

Firefighters are urging everyone to take extra care when having bonfires in their gardens. It is very easy, especially when it is also windy, for the fire or embers to spread and cause a serious fire.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7802/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7802/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Cooking left unattended on hob - safety advice issued - Old Road, Firefighters were called to a house in Clacton this afternoon after a kitchen filled with smoke when cooking was left on the hob.

Fire crews reported the kitchen was heavly smoke logged so made sure the property was fully ventilated to clear the smoke.

The property had working smoke alarms - which alerted the occupant to the fire enabling them to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Cooking safety advice

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • 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.

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

To arrange your FREE fitting, call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7803/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7803/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in industrial unit - River Way, Harlow Firefighters were called to a fire in an industrial unit in Harlow this afternoon (Friday 7 June).

When firefighters arrived they reported the fire was within an industrial shredding machine. Fire crews quickly set about tackling the fire to prevent it spreading to nearby bales of waste paper.

Firefighters managed to get the fire under control by 1:50pm.

Fire crews ensured all the affected areas were fully cooled before they left at 2:15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7801/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7801/ Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Bungalow and garage fire - Letzen Road, Canvey Firefighters were called to a fire in a garage and adjoining bungalow in Canvey this afternoon (Thursday 6 June).

When fire crews arrived they reported that the fire had engulfed the property and the roof had partially collapsed.

Firefighters worked hard to tackle the fire and managed to extinguish it by 3:30pm.

An investigation will be carried out to find the cause fo the fire.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7800/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7800/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - Barrymore Walk, Rayleigh Crews were called to a mid-terrace house after a neighbour noticed smoke and called 999. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the house was 50% alight and completely filled with smoke. 

Firefighters worked quickly to stop the spread of fire to the neighbouring properties and extinguished the fire by 10.10pm.

The house has suffered both fire and smoke damage and is no longer habitable. 

Watch Manager Mark Elliott, Rayleigh Weir Fire Station, said:

"This incident shows how effective smoke alarms are in alerting you to the first sign of fire.

"We were alerted to the fire after the neighbour's smoke alarm went off due to the amount of smoke in the neighbouring property.

"The number one way you can protect your family from fire is to ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on every level."

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place in due course.

Don't have smoke alarms fitted in your home? We'll fit them for free! Visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call 0300 303 0088 to arrange your free visit.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7799/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7799/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Man escapes kitchen fire after falling asleep while cooking - A man has had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in his kitchen while he was sleeping. 

During the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 5 June) the occupant began heating a pan of oil on the hob, closed the kitchen door, went into another room and fell asleep. 

He then woke sometime later and entered the kitchen to find smoke and flames filling the room. 

On discovering the fire the man attempted to extinguish it with water; arguably the most dangerous thing you can do.

Watch Manager Kevin Hercock, Orsett Fire Station, said:

"This whole incident could have ended very differently for so many reasons. 

"Firstly, there were no smoke alarms in the property meaning the man was not alerted to the first sign of fire, so he is very lucky that he woke up when he did.

"Secondly, if the man hadn't closed the kitchen door the smoke would have reached him more quickly, possibly before he woke up. 

"Finally, the flames could have instantly expanded when he tried to tackle the fire, which is what we would always expect to happen when water is added to a grease fire.

"Any of these factors could have had fatal consequences

"Our number one piece of advice is to fit a smoke alarm on every level of your home, then no matter what happens you'll be alerted to the first sign of fire. 

"Never leave cooking unattended either, particularly when cooking with oil, but if for some reason it does ignite then never use water to extinguish it. Always get out, stay out and call 999."

Firefighters stayed on scene after ensuring the fire was completely out to fit smoke alarms to the property.

The kitchen has suffered smoke and fire damage. 


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

Don't have smoke alarms fitted in your home? We'll fit them for free! Visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call 0300 303 0088 to arrange your free visit.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7798/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7798/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT