Bungalow completely destroyed by fire
London Road, Clacton-on-Sea
21/04/2018 @ 17:11
Incident Number: 75950
In attendance: 2 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley
Crews were called to a fire at a property in London Road, Clacton-on-Sea.
On arrival firefighters reported that a bungalow was completely alight.
Firefighters tackled the fire externally, due to difficult access, and worked to extinguish it by 6.25pm.
Watch Manager Andy Marshall said:
"The property had no working smoke alarms, and because the homeowner was not in at the time, the fire was not discovered until it had taken hold and already spread across the property.
"The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and at this point we think it was due to an electrical fault with a recently purchased second hand fridge.
"Warm weather like today will have made this item work harder than usual, and a fault may then have caused it to catch fire.
"Whenever you buy any electrical item it is always important to be as sure as you can that it's in good working condition.
"Regardless of the warranty, where you bought it, or when you bought it, it’s important you register your appliance - this way you can stay up to day on any safety messages or recalls.
"Electrical appliances can be registered by visiting www.registermyappliance.org.uk"
The property has been completely destroyed.
Smoke alarms save lives. They give you an early warning so you and your family have time to safely get out, stay out and call the fire service out.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. To book your visit call 0300 303 0088 or book online here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book