Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen fire

Purbeck Court, Great Baddow
10/11/2021 @ 09:40
Incident Number: 156184
In attendance: 1 x Great Baddow, 1 x Chelmsford

Crews have issued safety advice after a kitchen fire in Great Baddow.

Firefighters from Great Baddow and Chelmsford were called to a flat in Purbeck Court today at 9.40am after a neighbour saw smoke coming from a window.

The ground floor flat was unoccupied so firefighters forced entry.

Watch Manager Paul Speller said: "The occupant had left a grill pan on the hob which had accidentally been left on and some plastic in the grill pan was producing smoke. 

"Thankfully we were able to quickly clear the smoke so the damage was minimal.

"Keep your hobs clear when you're not cooking and if you've got an electric hob, switch it off at the wall when you're not using it to avoid any accidents."

Crews used a fan to clear the smoke by 10.10am.

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

The residents in this incident had working smoke alarms in their home that were going off when firefighters arrived.

Smoke alarms save lives. They can alert your family as well as your neighbours and passers-by to a fire in your home if you're not in.

We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home and that you test them at least once a month.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms at home, please get in touch. Visit or call 0300 303 0088.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Great Baddow Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters; people who all live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter.

Find out more about the role at

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