Two dogs rescued from house fire
Western Road, Brentwood
02/09/2020 @ 10:20
Incident Number: 130148
In attendance: 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Billericay
Crews rescued two dogs who were trapped after a fire started in a house.
Firefighters were called to Western Road, Brentwood today at 10.20am and found a small fire in utility room. Two dogs were trapped in the room and firefighters carried them to safety.
A youngster in the house had called 999 after a smoke alarm alerted him to the fire.
Crew Manager Maxim Clark said: "He did exactly the right thing by getting out, staying out and calling 999. He did not put himself in danger and we were on the scene quickly, put out the fire and rescued the dogs."
It is believed the fire was caused by an overloaded extension lead which had a washing machine and tumble dryer plugged into it and set fire to a pile of clothes.
The fire, which was fully extinguished by 11.02am, was contained to the utility room but the kitchen and lounge suffered smoke damage.
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