Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


House fire

St Andrews Avenue, Colchester
21/01/2021 @ 18:04
Incident Number: 138037
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Brightlingsea

Crews extinguished a fire at a house in Colchester.

Firefighters were called to a semi-detached house in St Andrews Avenue today at 6.04pm and found a fire in a first floor bedroom.

The occupants, a couple with a young child, were safely out of the property when crews arrived and have been praised for their actions.

Station Manager Danny Partridge said: "Crews, including two firefighters who recently completed their training, were faced with a severe fire in the bedroom.

"They did a really good job in quickly getting it under control and clearing the smoke.

"Thankfully the occupants did exactly the right thing when they found the fire; they closed the bedroom door, got out, stayed out and called 999.

"Because they shut the door, the fire damage was restricted to the bedroom and it minimised the smoke damage to the rest of the first floor."

Although the property had smoke alarms, they were not sounding, so the incident acts as a reminder to check your smoke alarms are working. 

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The fire was fully extinguished by 7.17pm. An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.

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