Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Working smoke alarm alerts residents to a kitchen fire

Wellesley Road, Clacton
15/11/2019 @ 14:40
Incident Number: 112931
In attendance: 2 x Clacton

Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in Wellesley Road in Clacton this afternoon after smoke alarms alerted the residents. 

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire in the oven and worked to extinguish it by 2:52pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental after the grill in the oven had caught alight while cooking.

The kitchen has suffered extensive smoke damage but because the residents shut the kitchen door when getting out of the house to call the Fire Service, damage was minimised. 

Crew Manager Andy Anderson from Clacton Fire Station said: "We want to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms, they alert you to the first signs of fire.

"In the event of a fire, shut doors to minimise smoke damage and contain the fire while you get out of the house and call the Fire Service. 

"In the build up to Christmas, clean your oven regularly to avoid a build up of grease and minimise the risk of fire."

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