Crews fit smoke alarms after two chimney fires

Crews fitted smoke alarms in two homes in Copford after extinguishing chimney fires.

We were called to a semi-detached bungalow in Rectory Road yesterday (Sunday) at 9.18pm.

Firefighters from Colchester extinguished the fire, using chimney rods, and fitted a smoke alarm after finding the property did not have one.

One their way back to the station, at 10.13pm, they spotted a chimney fire at a semi-detached house in London Road.

After extinguishing the fire, using a ladder to reach the chimney, they found the property did not have a smoke alarm either.  

Crew Manager Dave Farrant said: "It was pure chance that we spotted the second chimney fire on our way back and we were surprised to find that neither property had working smoke alarms. 

"It's so important to have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, to give you an early warning to a fire and give you and your family time to get out. 

"As well as fitting the alarms, we gave the residents advice about carbon monoxide safety and the type of wood to use in a log burner."

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Attending station
Rectory Road, Copford
9.18pm - 24 March 2024