Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Barbecue sparks garage fire

Rayne Road, Braintree
14/06/2020 @ 19:34
Incident Number: 124787
In attendance: 1 x Braintree, 1 x Dunmow

Firefighters have issued safety advice after a barbecue spread to cause a garage fire.

Crews were called to Rayne Road, Braintree, today at 7.34pm.

On-call firefighters from Braintree and Dunmow attended and extinguished the fire by 8.07pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

Cooking outdoors

  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from garages, sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; only use recognised lighters or starter fuels on coal.
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. 
  • Don't leave a barbecue or any cooking unattended.Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue or any cooking.

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