Children raise alarm after kitchen fire

Crews have praised two children who raised the alarm after a kitchen fire in Thundersley.

We were called to a detached house in Grasmere Road today at 1.35pm and crews from Basildon and Canvey attended.

Watch Manager Rob Fossett said: "A fire had started in the kitchen and caused a lot of smoke. However, the homeowners had removed the smoke alarms while they were redecorating.

"Fortunately, the two children at the property smelt the smoke and alerted their mum who got the family to safety and called 999.

"Crews made sure the fire, which was caused by a toaster, was completely out and used a fan to clear the smoke.

"Well done to ten-year-old Florence and seven-year-old Sonny for raising the alarm. Their quick actions made sure everyone, including the family's two dogs, got out safely."

The fire was fully extinguished by 2.11pm.

Crews installed smoke alarms and made sure neighbouring properties had alarms too.

Incident number
Attending station
Grasmere Road, Thundersley
1.35pm - 21 May 2023