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Airing cupboard fire

School Lane, Mistley
20/03/2018 @ 14:16
Incident Number: 74113
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Dovercourt, 1 x Manningtree


Crews were called to a first floor flat after the owner discovered a fire in the airing cupboard.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 2:50pm and then used a Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fan to clear the property of smoke.

Watch Manager Ian Ryder said:

"Thankfully the owners were alerted to the fire quickly because of their working smoke alarm.

"On discovering the fire the owners closed the airing cupboard door, got out of the property and called 999, which was  the right thing to do.

"Because the airing cupboard door was closed it also limited the fire damage, with the rest of the room only suffering from slight heat and smoke damage."

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental and is thought to have started because of an electrical fault.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants every home in Essex to have a working smoke alarm. We provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Simply book a home safety visit and we'll do the rest. Call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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