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Firefighters issue safety warning after charger left unattended starts house fire

Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood
22/12/2020 @ 16:55
Incident Number: 136515
In attendance: 2 x Brentwood, 1 x Great Baddow


Firefighters were called to reports of a house fire in Doddinghurst Road in Brentwood after neighbours arrived home and spotted smoke coming from the downstairs windows.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the fire was well developed in the ground floor living room and the whole house was full of smoke. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked quickly to extinguish the fire and stop it spreading to the rest of the house.

The whole house suffered smoke damage and the living room has extensive fire damage.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, and started by a faulty hoverboard with lithium battery which was left on charge in the living room unattended.

Watch Manager Scott Ford said:

"When we arrived at this property the fire was well developed and our crews did a really good job getting it under control quickly before it spread to the rest of the house.

"The owners were not home at the time of the fire, but had left a hoverboard charging in the living room which is how the fire started.

"The whole house has suffered some damage from the smoke, but the rooms where the doors had been shut have significantly less smoke damage, which is a really important message for everyone. When leaving home, you should shut all your internal doors, it could mean the difference between one room being damaged and the whole of the house being destroyed. You should also check that all your electrical devices are not left charging unattended.

"It's very important that everyone follows our electrical fire safety advice when charging anything in your home as these fires can start quickly and unexpectedly."

Fire safety advice for charging electrical goods:

  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house.
  • Never leave plugged in and turned on when they are not in use.
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods.
  • Only use the charger supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards.
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