Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flat fire

Claremont Road, Westcliff on Sea
13/10/2021 @ 18:59
Incident Number: 154218
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Leigh

Fire crews were called to a block of flats this evening after a resident called 999 to report a fire in a neighbouring flat. 

On arrival, firefighters reported that there was a fire in a ground floor flat that was spreading quickly. 

Watch Manager Scott Ford, Southend Fire Station, said:

"We implemented the building's stay-put policy which meant other residents could stay safely in their homes rather than coming out into the shared hallway which was heavily smoke logged. 

"Our crews worked well to contain the fire to the flat's lounge and hallway and quickly brought it under control before ventilating the building."

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental. 

The flat has suffered both fire and smoke damage throughout. 

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