Flats evacuated after smoke caused by unclean oven
High Street, Wickford
08/02/2020 @ 13:08
Incident Number: 117578
In attendance: 1 x Orsett, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Rayleigh Weir
Firefighters have urged people to ensure their ovens are clean after several flats were evacuated in Wickford following a build-up of smoke, caused by an unclean cooker.
Crews were called to the two-storey block of flats on Saturday afternoon after a smoke alarm had alerted two people to the fumes, which were caused after they left cooking unattended.
Fortunately, the large amount of smoke did not develop into a fire beyond the oven. Firefighters used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke by 1.42pm.
The officer in charge at Orsett Fire Station said: "This incident is a classic example of how an unclean oven can easily lead to a fire. In this case, a build-up of oils at the bottom of the cooker created a lot of smoke - luckily occupants had a working smoke alarm which alerted them to the danger.
"Most of us don't enjoy doing it but ask yourself: when was the last time I cleaned my oven? You'd be surprised how easily old cooking oil and grease can ignite, so please don't run the risk of using a dirty cooker."
Firefighters ensured the property and communal areas of the building escaped smoke damage.
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