Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Smoke alarm alerts neighbour to flat fire

St Giles Crescent, Maldon
12/11/2019 @ 10:10
Incident Number: 112738
In attendance: 1 x Chelmsford, 1 X Maldon

Firefighters were called to a flat in St Giles Crescent this morning after neighbours heard smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that a first floor flat was heavily smoke logged and worked to extinguish the fire by 10:37am.

The fire was caused after a lamp, which was touching a blanket, overheated.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton. Chelmsford Fire Station, said: “We’d like to highlight the importance of turning off lamps when you leave your home and making sure not to leave flammable material near lamps and lights.

"This incident shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your house. Although the homeowners were out at the time, their smoke alarms alterted neighbours to the fire and they were able to call 999.

"If you or someone you know hasn’t got working smoke alarms on every level of their property, we can fit them for free for you during a home safety visit."

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