Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters issue safety advice after petrol was used on a bonfire

Selwood Road, Brentwood
Incident Number: 118337
In attendance: 1 x Brentwood

Firefighters were called Selwood Road, Brentwood at 11:33am.

On arrival, crews reported that a bonfire had burned out of control and spread to fence panels and trees in a garden.

Petrol had been used to ignite the fire.

Firefighters extinguished the fire 11:48am.

Crew Manager Steve Allen from Brentwood Fire Station said: “Never put flammable liquids like petrol on a fire, they ignite so quickly and can lead to severe burns. In this incident, the fire very quickly burned out of control and set alight to trees and fence panels.”

If you're planning on having a bonfire, read our safety advice: 

• Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs

• Never leave the bonfire burning unattended

• Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side

• NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire

• Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles

• Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times

• Pour water on the embers before leaving

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