Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Shed fire spreads to six houses

Stirling Place, Basildon
01/06/2020 @ 19:42
Incident Number: 124050
In attendance: 2 x Basildon

Crews were called to a shed fire in a garden in Stirling Place, Basildon.

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was quickly spreading to neighbouring properties. 

Watch Manager Howard Midwood, Basildon Fire Station, said:

"When we arrived the fire had already spread to sheds and fences in neighbouring properties, as well as the rear of six houses in Stirling Place and Burlington Court.

"If it hadn't been for the quick actions of our crews, the flames could have made their way inside these properties and caused far more damage. 

"Our firefighters worked extremely hard to surround the fire and bring it under control, before extinguishing it by 8.35pm."

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

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