Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Man suffers smoke inhalation after leaving incense burning unattended

Nelson Place, Chelmsford
06/11/2019 @ 14:06
Incident Number: 112395
In attendance: 1 x South Woodham Ferrers, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Basildon

Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Nelson Place, Chelmsford this afternoon.

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire within the lounge of a third floor flat and worked to extinguish the fire by 2:35pm. 

The cause of the fire was an incense cone that had been left burning when the occupant had left his flat. Upon returning to his flat and hearing the smoke alarms, the occupant called the fire service.

He suffered smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

The flat has suffered smoke damage throughout. 

Follow our incense/candle safety advice

  • Put incense/candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night
  • Make sure insense/candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains
  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • Burn incense/candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring

Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give warning at the first sign of fire, waking you and your family up and giving everyone the time they need to get safely out and call the fire service.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to ensure that every single home in Essex has the excellent protection smoke alarms offer and will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.

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