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. Thu, 25 Apr 201921:32:00 GMT Loft fire - no working smoke alarms - Thamley, Purfleet Firefighters were called to a fire in a loft in a house in Purfleet last night (Thursday 26 April).

When fire crews arrived they reported that there was a small fire in the loft area, and several items which were stored in the loft had been damaged by the fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a backpack sprayer to extinguish the fire. Crews also used a thermal imaging camera (which detects heat) to ensure that all hot spots were found.

The occpuants of the house were alerted to the fire by a crackling sound coming from their loft. They then spotted smoke. They were not alerted to the fire by their smoke alarm as the battery was not working. Had the fire started later when the occupants were asleep, the fire would have taken hold and caused a lot more damage.

Do you have working smoke alarms at 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/i7758/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7758/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:32:00 GMT
Hundreds made safer thanks to fire-funded sprinkler projects Hundreds of people in Southend and Basildon are now safer than ever in their homes, thanks to sprinklers that have been part-funded by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

In total, five properties in Southend and high-rise block of flats in Basildon have been fitted with the life-saving devices.

South Essex Homes were awarded £74,000 and Basildon Borough Council were awarded £50,000 from the fire service’s sprinkler fund to match fund their projects.

The money has been used to provide fire suppression systems into the buildings. The systems work by suppressing fires.

The installation of these extra devices demonstrates the fire service’s commitment to making Essex a safer place to live, work and travel.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Jo Turton, said:

“Sprinklers are a reliable and cost-effective way of stopping fires from growing and spreading.

“In most cases, they actually put them out completely, so we’re really pleased that all of these homes have had them installed and even more pleased that we’ve been able to help fund these life-saving systems.”

The sprinklers were fitted within the following properties:
•    Ravenscourt Court, Basildon
•    Chaucer House, Southend
•    Hostel in Trinity Road, Southend
•    Two hostels in Valkyrie Road, Southend
•    Hostel in Chancellor Road, Southend

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s sprinkler fund more info: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Business_Safety/Sprinklers/

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Hundreds_made_safer_thanks_to_fire-funded_sprinkler_projects/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Hundreds_made_safer_thanks_to_fire-funded_sprinkler_projects/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Industrial unit fire - PHOTOS - Rectory Road, Grays Firefighters have been called to a fire at an industrial estate in Grays involving a scrap yard unit and a HGV.

The 999 Fire Control Operators received over 75 calls reporting the fire.

Update 2:45pm - The fire is producing a lot of smoke which can be seen for miles around. Residents in the nearby area should close their windows as there is a lot of smoke in the area. Roads nearby have been temporarily closed so firefighters can safely deal with the fire. Please avoid the area if you can. Around 50 residents living very close to the estate were advised to temporarily leave their homes due to the amount of smoke.

Update 3:15pm - Firefighters are tackling the fire and working hard to surround and stop the fire from spreading to the other neighbouring units. The unit is used by a scrap yard and contains a number of scrap cars, white goods and PVC windows.

Update 4pm - Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire using a number of hoses from a number of different locations around the unit. Firefighters are also using an aerial ladder platform (ALP) to pour water on the fire from above.

Update 4:30pm - Site staff are helping firefighters by using diggers to move items so they can be checked and cooled by the crews.

Update 5:30pm - Shortly, the firefighters who have been at the incident tackling the fire this afternoon will be replaced by six new fire crews who will take over and continue to work to extinguish hot spots and will ensure the whole incident is cooled and safe.

More photos and videos from the incident can be found on our Twitter page.

Update 8pm - Four fire engines remain at the scene continuing to dampen down the last remaining hot spots.

The fire investigation has been carried out and it has been found that the fire started accidentally in a pile of scrap electrical items.

Update 11:45pm - The scene is now completely cooled and the last firefighters have now left the scene.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7757/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7757/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Shed fire spreads to house - caused by charger - Sachfield Drive, Firefighters were called to reports of a shed fire which had started to spread to a house in Grays.

When fire crews arrived they reported the ground floor of the house was affecte dby smoke.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and stopped it spreading to the rest of the property. The fire was extinguished by 2:20pm. The back windows of the property and the outside of the house suffered some fire damage, but the inside of the house was saved.

The cause of the fire was found to be some electric children's car which were being charged outside on the decking.

The fire service have issues the following electrical fire safety advice:

  • 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.

More 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/i7756/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7756/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Cymbeline Way, Colchester Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicle.

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

The casualty was released by 2pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7755/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7755/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Two terraced houses damaged by fire - Galleon Road, Chafford Hundred Firefighters were called to reports of a fire involving two terraced houses in Chafford Hundred, Grays this afternoon.

The fire had started accidentally by a BBQ in the garden of one property. The fire spread up the outside of the house and into the roof space. The fire also severely damaged the property next door as the fire spread through the roof.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus fought the fire from within the houses and crews also used an aerial ladder platform (ALP) to pour water on remaining hot spots in the roof. Firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to the remaining four houses in the terrace.

At 6pm firefighters reported that firefighters were extinguishing hot spots so the incident was able to be scaled down to just two fire engines and the ALP.

The two houses affected by the fire have been severely damaged and are not habitable.

The fire service have issued the following BBQ fire safety advice:

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques. Never use a barbeque indoors
  • Never leave a barbeque unattended
  • Make sure your barbeque 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 barbeque is cool before moving it
  • 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
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbeque control. This will stop any gas from leaking

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7754/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7754/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Weald Bridge Road, Epping Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a car which had left the roadway and was in a ditch.

Fire crews helped release two people from inside the car.

The people were released by 3:15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7753/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7753/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in industrial building - Hilliards Road, Great Bromley Firefighters were called to a fire in a single storey timber constructed industrial unit. The building measured approximately 30m x 8m. When crews arrived at the incident they reported the whole building was 100% alight.

The water supply in the area was very poor so crews used a nearby reservoir and requested the attendance of a Water Bowser ( a large tanker full of water) to provide additional water supply.

The unit was used as storage and a workshop for domestic appliances.

Firefighters used a number of hoses to tackle the fire and stop it spreading to nearby units and a bungalow.

Firfighters also removed a number of cylinders which were close to the building.

The fire was extinguish by 12am. Fire crews then spent two hours dampening down to ensure there were no remaining hotspots and the whole scene was cool and safe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7752/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7752/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Bungalow fire - Harborough Hall Lane, Messing Firefighters were called to a bungalow fire in Messing this morning (Saturday 20 April).

When fire crews arrived they reported the fire has started in the kitchen and has spread to the roof.

Firefighters managed to fully extinguish the fire by 11:40am.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7750/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7750/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Ongar Road, Chelmsford Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a single vehicle which had left the roadway and driven into a ditch.

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

The casualty was released by 10:30am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7749/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7749/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Man rescued from fire in derelict building - Hamlet Court Road, A man has been rescued from a fire in a derelict building.

Firefighters were called to Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, this morning (Friday 19 April), after reports of a fire in the roof of a derelict building.

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was well developed on the third floor and roof space. 

Watch Manager Daniel Wastell, Southend Fire Station, said:

"When the call came in we knew there was a chance that there could be people in the building, so our priority was to search the area quickly. 

"We found a man on the first floor, who we led to safety, and then searched the rest of the building to ensure it was empty.

"Crews then did an excellent job of containing the fire and quickly bringing it under control."

The fire was completely extinguished by 7.30am.

The third floor and roof area of the building have been completely destroyed. 

Following an investigation the cause of the fire has been recorded as either accidental or deliberate both as possibilities.

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7748/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7748/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Chalkwell Esplanade, Westcliff-on-Sea Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one vehicle

On arrival firefighters reported that one female was trapped in her car.  

Crews released the casualty by 4.40am and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7747/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7747/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Dogs start accidental kitchen fire - Crown Street, Dedham Two dogs have been rescued from a first floor flat after they inadvertently started a fire. 

Crews were called to the property in Crown Street, Dedham, after a neighbour reported that he had heard the smoke alarm sounding for some time. 

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

Crews then rescued two dogs from the kitchen and extinguished the fire by 8.10pm. 

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and started after the hob was turned on and set alight to a bin which had been placed on top of it, out of the way of the dogs. 

Watch Manager Stephen Smith, Colchester Fire Station, said:

“Always keep your cooker and hob area clear - even if you’re not intending to turn it on there’s always a chance it can get accidentally turned on. 

“Thankfully in this case the contents of the bin was not particularly flammable, meaning the fire did not spread quickly, and instead turned into a slow smouldering fire.” 

As the kitchen door was closed the smoke damage was contained to the kitchen. 

Watch Manager Smith, added:

“Although the smoke alarm had been sounding for some time the neighbour had assumed that it was a false alarm. 

“It wasn’t until the neighbour went out, came back and realised the alarm was still going off that he called the fire service out. 

“We always urge people to take note of their neighbour’s smoke alarm - if you hear it, give them a knock to check everything is ok.

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


Manningtree Fire Station is 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


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/i7746/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7746/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - M25 - one casualty - M25, Waltham Abbey Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on the M25 between junctions 27 and 26.

Fire crews worked with the Ambulance Service to release one casualty.

The casualty was released by 11:20am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7745/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7745/ Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - M25, Epping Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one car on the M25, Westbound between junction 26 and 25.

On arrival firefighters reported that a man was trapped in a car and worked to rescue him by 6.20am. 

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7744/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7744/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - Achilles Way, Braintree Crews were called to a house in Braintree after a pan of cooking oil caught alight. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was out but worked to ventilate the property. 

On carrying out their safety checks firefighters discovered that although there was a smoke alarm in the property the battery had been removed, so proceeded to fit working smoke alarms. 

Crew Manager Paul Mayes said:

"Smoke alarms alert you to the first sign of fire in your home and can be the difference between life or death. 

"Although it can be tempting to remove a battery or disconnect an alarm it's vital that you never do this and regularly test your alarm to ensure it's working correctly."

Are you cooking safely?

Cooking fires can be volatile – so it’s vital you follow our advice and get to enjoy that meal you’ve been looking forward to without putting yourself at risk.

While cooking:
• Be careful if you’re wearing loose clothing – it could catch alight.
• Keep tea towels and cloths well away from the hob.
• Never leave cooking pans unattended. If you need to leave the room, take them off the heat or at least turn them down.
• Make sure saucepan handles aren’t sticking out or in awkward positions where they could be knocked over.

If you’re cooking with oil:
• Make sure food is dry before putting it in the hot oil, so it doesn’t splash.
• If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool down.
• Use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat.
• If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. NEVER throw water over it.

When you’ve finished preparing your meal, double-check the cooker or hob is off.


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/i7743/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7743/ Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Bishops Stortford Road, Chelmsford Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in their car. 

Firefighters released the casualty by 3.30pm and left them in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7742/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7742/ Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in utility room - Cliff Parade, Leigh on Sea Crews were called to a house in Cliff Parade, Leigh on Sea, after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported there was a fire in a utility room which they quickly extinguished by 10:40pm.

Watch Manager Steve Milligan, Leigh on Sea Fire Station, said:

"The fire was caused by some towels which had been left on top of a cupboard and touching a wall light.

"After catching alight there was a delay in the fire being discovered as although the home owners had smoke alarms they were not working. 

"It's vital to regularly test your smoke alarms as if they aren't working they can't alert you to the first sign of fire. 

"We recomend testing smoke alarms once a week - you could schedule it into your calender and make it a routine to your week. 

"It's also really important to make sure any lights and light bulbs are clear from flamable materials as these can often get hot and set alight to anything touching them."

The utility room has suffered 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/i7741/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7741/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Outbuilding fire - Station Lane, Pitsea Crews were called to a fire in an outhouse this afternoon (Saturday 13 April) and on arrival firefighters reported that it was completely alight. 

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire by 4.45pm.

The building has suffered significant fire damage. 

Firefighters have recorded the cause of the fire as either accidental or deliberate both possibilities.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7740/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7740/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Westway, Colchester Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that two people were trapped in one of the vehicles. 

Firefighters released the casualties by 2.25pm and left them in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7739/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7739/ Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT