Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Garden fire damages fence and decking

Chadwell Road, Grays
04/09/2022 @ 15:31
Incident Number: 177881
In attendance: 1 x Grays

Firefighters are urging people to ensure fire pit embers are fully cooled before disposing of them following a fire in Chadwell Road, Grays, this afternoon.

Crews from Grays were called at 3.31pm after a fire started in a bin in the garden. It spread to the fence panels, garden furniture and decking. 

The fire was put out at 3.46pm but firefighters remained on scene for a short time after to ensure that a garden gas cylinder was safe.

Watch Manager Gary Bannister said: “The fire started from embers from a fire pit that had been put into a bin. The fire pit had been out for around 12 hours, but the embers can still be warm and cause a fire. If you are using a fire pit or having a bonfire or barbeque, please make sure everything is cooled before disposing of the embers, you can use water to help.

“Also never leave a bonfire, barbeque or fire pit unattended and use them well away from anything an ember or flame can alight like fences, decking, houses and plants.”

For more safety advice head to our barbeque safety page here.

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