Working smoke alarms alert couple to flat fire

Firefighters are highlighting why it’s so important to have working smoke alarms at home after a couple and their dog safely escaped a flat fire in Southend today.

Crews were called to Lonsdale Road, Southend at 1:08pm and reported a ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged. 

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and believe it was caused by an incense stick that caught a nearby suitcase alight. 

Watch Manager Benjamin Manning from Southend Fire Station said: “Please make sure you have working smoke alarms at home, they'll give you an early warning to a fire in your home giving you and your family time to safely escape. 

“If you haven’t got working smoke alarms at home, we can fit them for free during a home safety visit. Find out more here.

“Please remember when using incense sticks candles or wax melts to never leave them burning unattended. 

“With incense sticks, they need to be properly stubbed out.  It only takes an ember to catch nearby items alight.”

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Attending station
Lonsdale Road, Southend
1.08pm - 08 July 2024