Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Man rescued after kitchen fire

Princes Street, Southend
15/05/2020 @ 21:08
Incident Number: 122907
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Rayleigh Weir

Firefighters have praised quick-thinking neighbours who helped to save a man's life after calling 999 when they heard his smoke alarms going off.

Crews from Southend and Rayleigh Weir rescued a man from his flat after they were called to a kitchen fire in Princes Street, Southend just after 9pm.

On arrival, crews reported that a pan was on fire and the kitchen was heavily smoke logged.

Firefighters rescued a man from his bedroom and he was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Crew Manager Adam Paterson from Southend Fire Station said: “We’d really like to praise the man’s neighbours who undoubtedly saved his life. As soon as they heard his smoke alarms going off, they called 999 and we were able to rescue him quickly. If they had called a couple of minutes later, it could have been a different outcome.

“If you hear smoke alarms coming from a property, please call us and don’t assume someone else already has.

“This incident shows the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home, they are proven life savers."

The fire started after the resident had fallen asleep while cooking. 

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking

Follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • 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
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk

Not got working smoke alarms in your home? We'll fit them for free! 

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. 

Simply call 0300 303 0088 or head to to arrange your home safety visit. 

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