Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Smoke alarm alerts neighbours to townhouse fire

Regency Court, Brentwood
18/01/2020 @ 13:44
Incident Number: 116488
In attendance: 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Billericay

Firefighters have highlighted the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home after one in a three-storey townhouse alerted a neighbour to a fire this afternoon.

After hearing the smoke alarm sounding, the neighbour investigated and noticed smoke coming from the mid-terraced property's front door. No-one was home at the time.

The neighbour immediately dialled 999 and alerted our Control team.

On arrival, firefighters advised that the property was completely smoke logged and a fire was burning within the kitchen, which is situated on the ground floor.

Crews extinguished the fire within the kitchen and then continued to eliminate hotspots behind the kitchen units.

We believe the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical wiring fault.

Peter Dunn, Watch Manager at Brentwood Fire Station, said: "Make no mistake about it: had there not been a working smoke alarm in this property then this fire would have gone undetected and quickly become much more serious.

"The neighbour responded brilliantly upon hearing it and made sure we were alerted - but it's just another example of the difference smoke alarms make.

"None of us expect there to be a fire in our homes, but please don't run the risk: make sure you have working smoke alarms in place in case the worst does happen."


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We want every home in Essex to be protected by smoke alarms - so if you don't have them in your property, we'll come and visit you and fit them free of charge.

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