Pets rescued from fire caused by e-bike charger

Five pets have been rescued from a house fire in Southend.

Firefighters were called to the terrace house in Lundy Close, Eastwood, Southend, after the homeowner discovered their e-bike was on fire in an area under the stairs. 

On arrival firefighters reported the fire was well developed on the ground floor and beginning to spread upstairs. 

Watch Manager Richard Blakebrough Leigh Fire Station, said: 

"Our firefighters did a fantastic job of containing the fire and stopping it spreading any further.

"The fire was caused by the electric bike, which was charging and only a few weeks old. 

"Although we don't believe the bike set alight due to mishandling, it's a good reminder to others when charging e-bikes and e-scooters that you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting your family and home at risk.

"Most importantly, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when charging and always unplug your charger when it’s finished charging. 

"Make sure you're home while you're charging, so if a fire does start you'll be alerted to it quickly."

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 12.40pm and rescued two dogs, two tortoises and a cat.

The whole of the house has been badly damaged by fire, heat and smoke. 

Incident number
Attending station
Lundy Close, Eastwood, Southend
11.06am - 15 October 2023