Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Two dogs die in mobile home fire

Bechers Lane, Waltham Abbey
02/02/2020 @ 13:16
Incident Number: 117245
In attendance: 1 x Harlow, 1 x Waltham Abbey

Two dogs have died following a mobile home fire in Waltham Abbey this afternoon (Sunday 2 February).

Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire just after 1:15pm.

On arrival, crews reported that the mobile home, which measured 4 metres x 7 metres, was 100% alight.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 2:05pm and believe it started after cooking was left unattended.

Sadly, two dogs died at the scene and another dog was found unharmed near the area.

The mobile home was completely destroyed by the fire.

Watch Manager Ross Daynes from Harlow Fire Station said:

“We urge the public to keep a close eye when cooking and to make sure you don't leave it unattended…if you need to leave the room, take the cooking off the hob or turn the heat down so there's no risk of a fire developing while you're not there.

“I’d also like to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home, they alert you to the first sign of fire and give you vital time to get out, stay out and call the Fire Service out.”

Cooking safety advice:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

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