Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


House fire

High Street, Shoeburyness
13/01/2020 @ 13:43
Incident Number: 116235
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Leigh

Crews were called to a property in High Street, Shoeburyness after reports of a house fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported there was a fire under the stairs and the whole house was heavily smoke logged.

Crews worked quickly to surround the fire, stop it spreading and extinguish it.

Firefighters then searched the house to ensure no one was trapped inside. As the stairs had been completely destroyed by the fire, they had to climb through an upstairs window to gain access to the first floor to carry out their search.

Incident Commander Mark Eaglestone said:

"Our crews worked quickly and efficiently in difficult circumstances - thankfully we did not find anyone inside the property.

"We saw the smoke spread through the house quickly because the internal doors had been left open. 

"It's important that when you leave a room you always close the door behind you - that way if there is a fire it will be contained for longer. 

"And of course, the number one way you can protect yourself and your family from the risk of fire is by making sure you have a working smoke alarm."

The house is no longer habitable.

An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

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