Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Man rescued from flat after cooking fire

New Farm Drive, Romford
23/05/2020 @ 03:38
Incident Number: 123363
In attendance: 1 x Loughton, 1 x Epping, 1 x Hainault (London Fire Brigade)

A man was rescued from his flat in Romford in the early hours of this morning after leaving cooking unattended and falling asleep.

Firefighters confirmed on arrival that the ground floor property was heavily smoke logged. Crews rescued the man, who is in his forties and had suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation. He was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Fortunately the fire was contained to the oven. Crews used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke from the flat by 4.33am.


Follow our fire safety advice while cooking and stay safe in your home

Did you know that more than half of accidental fires in homes are caused by cooking, like this one?

Cooking can be incredibly dangerous if you don't follow some basic safety guidelines - fires start much more quickly and easily than you might think. Here are 5 top tips to stay safe while you're preparing a snack or meal:

  • Don't cook while tired, drinking alcohol or using medication that might make you feel drowsy - it's easier to fall asleep and forget about it than you might think
  • You should never leave cooking unattended - but if you do need to leave the room briefly, take pans off the heat or turn them down to reduce the risk of fire
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing - this can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels, kitchen roll and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • When you've finished cooking, double check the cooker is off

You can find more kitchen fire safety advice here.

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