Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Chiminea causes garden fire

Oak Road, Rochford
24/04/2021 @ 16:02
Incident Number: 143137
In attendance: 1 x Rochford, 1 x Southend

Firefighters were called to a garden fire in Rochford earlier today after embers from a chiminea spread to two outbuildings and fence panels.

On arrival, crews reported that two outbuildings were 100% alight and the fire had spread to fence panels.

Crews extinguished the fire by 4:32pm.

Garden fires - don't take the risk!

If you're planning on having a fire in your garden, remember to follow our advice:

  • Site it well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the bonfire burning unattended
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving

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