Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen damaged after hob left on

Barnaby Way, Basildon
07/11/2019 @ 11:55
Incident Number: 112441
In attendance: 2 x Basildon

Firefighters were called to a flat in Basildon after a postal worker heard the smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews had to gain entry to the property and confirmed that the hob in the kitchen had been left on and an iPad had been left on top.

The iPad had melted and caused smoke damage in the kitchen.

Crews worked to make the area safe by 12:14.

Watch Manager Adam Barber said: “Always keep your cooker and hob area clear and never leave the hob on unattended.

“Thankfully the resident had smoke alarms which alerted a postal worker outside who called the Fire Service.

“Smoke alarms can warn us, and others around us, of the first sign of fire and should always be taken seriously.

“We always urge people to take note when hearing smoke alarms - if you hear it, give the person a knock to check everything is ok.”

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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