Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Sat, 28 Mar 202011:43:00 GMT 12 flats evacuated after deliberate fire - St John's Avenue, 12 flats in Braintree were evacuated this morning after a bag of waste was deliberately set alight in a communal stairwell.

The flats were evacuated by crews as a precaution due to the amount of smoke that had accumulated. Thankfully, no-one was injured and none of the flats were affected by fire.

The fire was extinguished by 12.36pm, before firefighters used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke from the building.

Following an investigation, we believe this fire was started deliberately.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8180/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8180/ Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:43:00 GMT
Two boats destroyed by fire - Creek Road, Canvey Island Firefighters have issued safety advice after a log burner was left unattended and ignited materials around it, leading to two boats being destroyed.

Crews reported on arrival that two house boats, measuring around eight metres in length, were 100% alight when they arrived.

Wayne Davey, Watch Manager at Rayleigh Weir Fire Station, said: "Firefighters have done a great job of controlling this fire quickly - while two boats have unfortunately been badly damaged, there were several others nearby that it could easily have spread to.

"We understand this fire was caused accidentally after a log burner was left unattended and ignited nearby materials. The boat then quickly filled with smoke - making it very dangerous to be inside.

"Our advice when using a log burner or cooking is to always make sure you have an eye on it - fires can start much more quickly than you might think. You should also keep the area around it clear of any materials like tea towels, cloths or clothing.

"This man did the right thing in calling 999 and getting out of harm's way as soon as he noticed the fire - fortunately no-one was hurt."

 

More cooking fire safety advice

You can read more cooking fire safety advice on our website here.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8179/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8179/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:43:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Bonfire sets two sheds alight - Beazley End, Wethersfield Firefighters were called to a shed fire in Wethersfield this morning. 

On arrival, crews reported that two sheds were 100% alight and worked to extinguish the fire by 12:55pm. 

Both sheds were completely destroyed.

The fire was caused after a bonfire spread in the wind to the nearby sheds. 

Watch Manager Darren Hockley from Wethersfield Fire Station said: “With more people at home, the Service has been called to a number of bonfire related incidents. If you’re planning on having a bonfire, please follow our advice which includes setting them well away from sheds, outbuildings, fences and trees as they can quickly get out of control. Make sure to keep an eye on bonfires at all times and keep water nearby if the fire does start to burn out of control.”

Follow our outdoor fire safety advice:

  • Site the bonfire or fire pit well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the fire burning unattended • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8178/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8178/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:43:00 GMT
Thankyou Thursday - Elderly woman thanks Service for helping to fix Our Home Fire Safety team has been thanked for helping to repair a faulty smoke alarm. 

Last week, we were contacted by an elderly woman in Doddinghurst who had a faulty smoke alarm. Our Home Fire Safety team spoke to the woman on the phone and guided her through repairing the smoke alarm without having to enter the house. 

We will be keeping our 0300 303 0088 home fire safety advice number open for as long as we are physically able to. The public and our partners can call us for advice and guidance or to refer someone who is at serious risk of fire. This hasn't changed.

Data tells us accidental house fires are more likely to happen when people spend more time at home, which is why we’ve created a number of videos to help people understand how they can stay safe in their home, particularly at a time we may be less likely to be able to visit them.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Thankyou_Thursday_-_Elderly_woman_thanks_Service_for_helping_to_fix_faulty_smoke/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Thankyou_Thursday_-_Elderly_woman_thanks_Service_for_helping_to_fix_faulty_smoke/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Family left homeless after laptop charger causes fire - Five Acres, A family has been left homeless after a laptop charger caught fire and destroyed their home. 

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Harlow this afternoon. 

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire in the bedroom of a house and worked to extinguish it by 4:19pm. 

The fire was caused after a laptop charging on a bed caught fire. Upon seeing the fire, the residents immediately left the house and called the Fire Service. 

The house has been destroyed and the family has been rendered homeless. 

Watch Manager Steve Harrison from Harlow Fire Station said: “The residents did absolutely the right thing by getting out, staying out and calling the Fire Service out. 

“Please be careful when charging things like laptops and phones, they can quickly overheat. Make sure to charge them on a flat surface like a table and not on a surface that can catch fire easily like bedding. 

“We need you to help us keep you safe, the risk of fire goes up when people are at home more and we’re asking residents to consider home fire safety. Read our home fire safety advice here.“

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8176/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8176/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Home fire safety advice on YouTube As an emergency service, keeping people safe is always our main priority, but in challenging times like this it is more important than ever to reach people in different ways.

Data tells us accidental house fires are more likely to happen when people spend more time at home, which is why we’ve created a number of videos to help people understand how they can stay safe in their home, particularly at a time we may be less likely to be able to visit them.

The videos give advice on areas such as kitchen safety, testing smoke alarms and escape plans, as well as ideas on how to get children involved. They also give more detail about alternative ways people can access our home safety service through these challenging times. 

We have committed to keeping our 0300 303 0088 home safety number open for as long as we are physically able to.

In the coming days we’ll have more information about how we’re planning on ensuing our most vulnerable people are still able to access our safe and well visits. In the meantime be sure to watch our latest videos and share them where you can. 

You can see the whole playlist of videos on our YouTube channel, and we'll continue adding to them as we make more. 

For more information and to stay up to date with changes within our home safety advice service please visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Home_fire_safety_advice_on_YouTube/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Home_fire_safety_advice_on_YouTube/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Outbuilding fire caused by incinerator - Coppins Road, Clacton Firefighters in Clacton have issued advice about bonfires and using incinerators after crews attended a third bonfire related incident in the area in less than a week.

Firefighters were called to a fire in Clacton this afternoon.

On arrival, crews reported the roof space of an outbuilding, measuring 20m x 10m, was 100% alight.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire by 5:09pm and were able to contain the damage to the roof space of the outbuilding.

The fire started after an incinerator fire spread to the outbuilding.

Watch Manager Jim Bowyer from Clacton Fire Station said: “This is the third bonfire related fire we’ve been to this week in the area and I’d really like to urge the public to follow our advice when it comes to bonfires and using incinerators. Please never leave them unattended and always have water nearby.”

Follow our outdoor fire safety advice:

  • Site the bonfire or fire pit well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the fire burning unattended • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  •  Pour water on the embers before leaving
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8175/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8175/ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Items left on hob cause kitchen fire - Kipling Close, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in Chelmsford this afternoon after a man came home to his smoke alarms going off. 

On arrival, crews reported that there was a small fire in the kitchen and worked to extinguish it by 2:11pm.

The fire was caused after the hob was accidentally turned on and items on top of it caught alight. 

The kitchen suffered some smoke damage and a man was treated by the Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation. 

Crew Manager Nathan Godfrey from Chelmsford Fire Station said: “We’d urge the public just to double check your hob is turned off before leaving the house, it’s easy to accidentally turn it on without realising and we’d advise you to never leave items on the hob. 

"We’d also advise everyone in Essex to check your smoke alarms are working, this man was alerted to the fire by his working smoke alarms.”

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8174/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8174/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Incinerator fire spreads to barn - Pilcox Hall Lane, Tendring Firefighters have issued advice about bonfires and using incinerators after the Service has seen a rise in incidents.

Firefighters were called to a fire in Tendring this morning. 

On arrival, crews reported that a barn, measuring 25m x 10m, was 100% alight.

Crews evacuated people nearby and extinguished the fire by 10:30am. 

The fire started after an incinerator fire spread to a nearby barn, which was completely destroyed during the fire.

Watch Manager Jim Bowyer from Clacton Fire Station said: “We've seen a rise in bonfires and outdoor fires, we would urge people using incinerators to only use them away from flammable items like barns, sheds and fences and to have a working hose or water bucket nearby. We also urge you not to leave any bonfires or incinerators unattended and to apply water to it before leaving it.”

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8173/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8173/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Garden fire - Ongar Road, Chelmsford Firefighters are issuing a warning about garden fires after an elderly man had a lucky escape in the early hours of this morning.

Crews were called to the house in Ongar Road, Chelmsford, after a neighbour noticed there was a fire in the garden next door. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the back of the house was alight, along with the fence and a coal bunker. 

Watch Manager Nick Singleton, Chelmsford Fire Station, said: 

"The homeowner had emptied hot ashes from his indoor fire into a container close to the coal bunker before going to bed. 

"As the ashes were still smouldering they caught alight and the fire before spreading through the garden, reaching the fence and back of the house. 

"Thankfully the neighbour noticed and reported the fire before it reached the inside of the house.

"With people spending more time at home and in their gardens at the moment, it's so important to ensure you extinguish any sort of fire, ashes and smoking materials properly. 

"And of course, make sure you have a working smoke alarm to alert you to the first sign of fire."

Firefighters worked hard to stop fire fire spreading any further and extinguished it by 1.30am. 

Outdoor fire safety advice

  • Site the bonfire or fire pit well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the fire burning unattended
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8171/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8171/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Spending more time at home? Get your whole family involved in home Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is inviting families to show how they’re taking extra care at home, in a bid to stop house fires increasing while people find themselves indoors.

With the risk of accidental house fires increasing when people are at home, families are being told to consider home safety while they are self-isolating and practising social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Keeping a few simple safety themes in mind, and changing behaviour, can limit the risk and keep your whole family safe.

Rick Hylton, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said:

“Data tells us accidental house fires are more likely to happen when people spend more time at home – they are cooking, using more electrical items, juggling work and childcare and generally trying to keep everyone entertained.

“With everyone from parents, grandparents, kids and even the cat and dog, potentially sharing the same space, we could see distraction, clutter and lack of routine adding to this risk during this time.

“We think Essex can stop this trend by working together with their families to keep their home protected from the risk of fire.”

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety, said:

“The number one way a family can protect themselves is by having a working smoke alarm and regularly testing it.

“But there’s lot of other ways people can avoid a fire starting in the first place, by avoiding distraction, taking extra precautions with electrical items and thinking about your surroundings and fire safety.

“If you have any ideas or photos of your own share them with us on social media, using the hashtag #StaySafeEssex - we’d love to see everyone get involved in sharing photos and messages on how their whole family is staying safe while they are at home.

“Please also remember, at a time we’re being discouraged from seeing our older and more vulnerable friends and relatives, it’s really important to continue to check on them in other ways, perhaps over the phone, by video call or even by talking to a neighbour over the garden fence.”

The main areas to consider while you’re at home are:

  • Kitchen safety - ensuring you’re not distracted and do not leave cooking unattended
  • Electrics - not overloading plug sockets
  • Smoking - always making sure you extinguish cigarettes
  • Candles - never leaving them unattended, placing them on appropriate surfaces and keeping them out of reach of children and pets
  • Escape plans - ensuring you know your escape routes and keep them clear of clutter
  • Bedtime routine - closing all doors, turning everything off and making sure you would know how to exit your house quickly
  • Garden safety - making sure all fires and hot ashes are extinguished and disposing of them safely

Different ways of interacting with the public

ECFRS has announced that it will continue to carry out home safety visits to its most vulnerable people and has opened a number for others needing advice

The public and partners can call for advice and guidance or to refer someone who is at serious risk of fire.

  • people who are less vulnerable can arrange free smoke alarms to fit themselves - ECFRS will provide advice and guidance on where to put them as well as a copy of the home safety booklet
  • people who would like fire safety or crime prevention advice over the phone can arrange a call with an experienced Safe and Well Officer by calling 0300 303 0088

Emergency response

ECFRS is also reassuring people that there is currently no change to the way they respond to emergency incidents.

Keeping people who live, work and travel in Essex safe is their priority and whatever the situation, they will always be there for the public in an emergency.

Join ECFRS’s home safety campaign by using and following the hashtag #StaySafeEssex


Looking for more fire safety activities for your children to get involved in? Visit our Children's activities web page.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Spending_more_time_at_home_Get_your_whole_family_involved_in_home_fire_safety/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Spending_more_time_at_home_Get_your_whole_family_involved_in_home_fire_safety/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Five horses die in barn fire - Standford Road, Orsett A barn fire in Standford Road, Orsett, saw over 40 separate calls to 999 to report it. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the barm which measured around 20m x 10m, and was home to five horses, was completely alight. 

Firefighters worked quickly to surround the fire and extinguished it by 8pm. 

Sadly all five horses died at the scene. 

A fire investigation has been carried out and the cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental or deliberate, both possibilities. 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8172/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8172/ Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Fire pit starts garden fire - Berens Close, Wickford Crews were called to a house after reports that a fire in the garden had got out of control. 

On arrival firefighters reported that flames from a fire pit had spread to a small shed and then quickly caught alight to a motorbike, decking and a BBQ, before reaching the fence and spreading to part of the neighbour's garden. 

Firefighters worked to bring the fire under control in both gardens and completely extinguished it by 11.30pm. 

Firefighters are now issuing safety advice to anyone using bonfires and fire pits:

  • Site the bonfire or fire pit well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs
  • Never leave the fire burning unattended
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
  • Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8170/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8170/ Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Hay and straw fire - Rectory Road, Weeley Crews were called to an agricultural building after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the barn, which measures around 30m x 15m and is filled with around 250 tonnes of hay and straw, was 100% alight.

Firefighters immediately began protecting the surrounding area from fire spread and brought the barn fire under control. 

By 2pm crews reported that they were allowing the hay and straw to burn under control and would continue to dampen down the area until it was completely extinguished and safe. 

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire. 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8169/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8169/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Fire service ready to respond despite pandemic Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been putting plans in place to ensure residents across the County will get an emergency response when they need it during the current pandemic.

Rick Hylton, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “We want to assure residents that we are taking the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic very seriously.

“We have been working closely with our emergency service and local authority partners for the last few weeks and are continually monitoring the latest government advice.

“Staff are exercising good hygiene with washing and sanitising hands at locations across our County. We will continue to do this to ensure we are able to offer the highest level of service and to respond to emergencies as quickly as possible.

“Over the coming weeks and months we will continue look at how we provide our Service to the public, to ensure we minimise the risk to the public and our staff, while taking a proportionate response to the latest emerging information about the coronavirus." 

If you are expecting a visit from us and think you may be suffering from coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating please let us know in advance by calling 0300 303 0088.

Alternatively, the service will always be available for home safety advice over the phone - please call 0300 303 0088 to access this.

To stay up to date with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service coronavirus related updates visit our coronavirus page

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_service_ready_to_respond_despite_pandemic/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_service_ready_to_respond_despite_pandemic/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Barn fire - Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury Crews were called to reports of a tractor on fire inside a barn. 

On arrival firefighters reported that an agricultural building, measuring around 12 metres x 10 metres, was completely alight. 

Firefighters worked to bring all cattle and horses out of the barn to safety and quickly set up water supplies to begin tackling the fire in difficult conditions. 

Crews reported that the fire had been extinguished by 12.10am and then stayed at the scene to continuing dampening down hotspots. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire will now be carried out.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8168/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8168/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one person trapped - A120, Bradwell Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on the A120 between Bradwell and Coggeshall this afternoon.

Firefighters from Braintree, Colchester, our Urban Search and Rescue team and Orsett, who happened to be passing following a training exercise, attended.

On arrival, crews reported that three vehicles had collided and a woman was trapped in her car.

Crews worked to release her from her car by 4pm and she was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8167/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8167/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Firefighters praise neighbours for quick actions - The Drive, Warley Firefighters have praised the actions of neighbours who acted quickly when hearing their elderly neighbour’s smoke alarms going off.

Crews were called to Warley last night after a neighbour of an elderly man called us with concerns when hearing his smoke alarms.

Another neighbour had managed to help the man out of the property before crews arrived after a portable heater had overheated and filled the property with smoke.

Firefighters gave first aid to the man for smoke inhalation and he was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Station Manager Ben Turner from Brentwood Fire Station said: “We’d really like to highlight the quick actions of this man’s neighbours, without them calling us and helping the man to safety, this could easily have been a more serious incident.

“We’d like all Essex residents to be vigilant when hearing smoke alarms, please don’t assume we’ve already been called.

“We’d also like to highlight the importance of having a working smoke alarm, they save lives by alerting you and others to the first signs of fire. If you or someone you know hasn’t got working smoke alarms on every level of your home, we can fit them for free during a home safety visit.”

Book you free home safety visit here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8166/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8166/ Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Four 12-year-olds rescued from mud - Ash Street, Wrabness Firefighters worked with the Coastguard, Essex Police and the Ambulance Service to rescue four 12-year-olds from mud in Wrabness this evening.

Crews were called at 7:15pm after the group became trapped in the mud.

With the tide coming in, firefighters supported coastguard and police colleagues to rescue the four casualties by 10:05pm.

All four casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Station Manager Quentin Sage from Dovercourt Fire Station, said: "We’d urge you to avoid playing in or near any water at night, even if the tide is out.

“The associated dangers can happen quickly and without warning.”

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8165/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8165/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - person trapped - A12, Chelmsford Firefighters helped to rescue a person from their car today following a road traffic collision on the A12 Southbound between Junciton 15 and 16.

On arrival, crews reported that two vehicles had collided and one of the drivers was trapped in their car. 

Firefighters worked to release the person by 7:56pm and they were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8164/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8164/ Sat, 07 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT