Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2019, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Tue, 25 Jun 201909:24:00 GMT Shower unit ignites causing bathroom fire - Berkley Hill, Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire this afternoon after an electric shower unit ignited.

Control teams were alerted after a lady, who was alone at the time, heard the sound of the fire and called 999. The lady also immediately closed all the doors within the upstairs of the property.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, which had been contained to the upstairs bathroom, by 10.20am.

Watch Manager Kevin Hercock, Orsett Fire Station, said: "This lady responded brilliantly when she realised there was a fire in her bathroom. By getting out of harm's way, calling 999 and closing the internal doors, she managed to prevent the spread of the fire and smoke.

"That has meant that the damage to her home has been minimal - crews worked hard to restrict it to the bathroom.

"If ever you are unfortunate enough to find yourself involved in a fire, you should do what this lady did: get out, stay out and call the fire service out."

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7826/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7826/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Man rescued from roof top after construction incident - Castle Shot, Firefighters rescued a man from a roof top this afternoon after construction materials fell on top of him, leaving him unable to move.

The man was trapped under the roofing materials three storeys up when firefighters used an Aerial Ladder Platform to allow them to access him safely, before moving the materials to free him.

Firefighters used an external scaffolding staircase to carry the man to safety, before leaving him in the care of the Ambulance Service by 3.11pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7825/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7825/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two vehicles - Harwich Road, Colchester Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival, crews advised that two vehicles had been involved in the collision - one car and one heavy goods vehicle.

Firefighters managed to release the casualty by 2.11pm before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7824/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7824/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - South Road, South Ockendon Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that one man in his sixties was trapped following the incident, which involved two vehicles.

Firefighters managed to release the man by 6.51am, before leaving him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7823/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7823/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
PICTURES: Electrical wiring overload causes garage fire - Main Road, Firefighters were called to the scene of a garage fire this evening, after an overload of electrical cabling overheated. 

Crews reported on arrival that a fire had developed quickly within a garage adjacent to a bungalow, after Control teams had been informed by an alert neighbour.

Firefighters worked hard to extinguish the fire by 8.28pm, and managed to contain it to the garage - keeping damage to a minimum in the process.

The fire was caused after cabling of several appliances (a freezer, two fridges and two tumble driers) which had been structured together against the garage wall and used the same power source overheated - causing the freezer to ignite.

Adam Paterson, Crew Manager at Hawkwell Fire Station, said: "This is an example of how dangerous it can be to overload electrical sockets. This property had five different white appliances using the same power source - and while it might be tempting to use as few plugs as possible, this can be the consequence.

"This incident could easily have been much more serious. Please follow our advice when using electrical appliances - if a plug is hot or warm, there is a chance it could ignite if left unattended."

 

Our advice - plugs, sockets and fuses

  • Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering light are all signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems.
  • Badly wired plugs. Any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
  • Overloaded sockets. Plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
  • Use sockets safely. It’s better to use a bar adaptor (multi board) on a lead than a block adaptor
  • Only use one adaptor per socket. Don’t plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket
  • Don't overload extension leads and adaptors, they have a limit on how many amps they can take.
  • When you’re fitting or replacing a fuse, it’s important to use the right fuse for the appliance to make sure the fuse doesn’t overheat.
  • Check the manual or look for a sticker on the appliance to find out its wattage and then use the correct fuse.
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7822/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7822/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Man and child rescued from house fire - Tanner Close, Clacton Firefighters rescued two people - a man and child - from a house fire this afternoon.

On arrival crews reported that the conservatory to the rear of the property and a nearby garden shed were alight. The home itself was completely smoke logged.

Firefighters immediately rescued the child from the downstairs of the premises and also led the man, who is in his thirties, to safety.

The fire was extinguished fully by 3.50pm.

The man has suffered from smoke inhalation and unfortunately the family have also been left homeless by the damage caused by the smoke.

We believe this fire was caused accidentally due to faulty external wiring.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7821/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7821/ Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Fire in derelict pub - Marine Parade, Southend Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a derelict building in the early hours of this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that the two-storey building, which was previously a public house, was alight. The fire was burning on the first floor.

Crews immediately attempted to gain entry to the property and managed to get the fire under control quickly, before extinguishing it completely by 2.24am.

Firefighters then used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the premises of smoke, before ensuring there were no remaining hotspots within the area using thermal imaging cameras.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7820/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7820/ Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Why every day is #BringYourDogtoWorkDay for Graham Today is national Bring Your Dog to Work Day, but for Urban Search and Rescue Dog Jarvis and his handler Graham Currie every day is just that.

 

“Jarvis is with me pretty much 24/7 - whether that’s on station, at home or out and about.” Graham began.

 

“He passed his training in April this year and has now taken over the role of ECFRS's Search and Rescue Dog from my other dog, Kirby.

 

“Kirby is now 12 and retired after a long and established career, but Jarvis is now very much on the run and available to attend incidents not just across Essex or the UK, but also internationally as part of International Search and Rescue (ISAR).”

 

Searching woodlands, visiting remote islands via boat and even abseiling down 10-storey buildings (with Graham!) were all part of the rigorous training that saw Jarvis join USAR B Watch, where he now spends four days at a time.

 

“We’ll do our four days on with B Watch, and on our days off we’ll be available nationally. If something happened in the UK and we were the nearest dog unit, we’d go to wherever that incident was.”

 

High energy

“Jarvis’ day starts the same every time - we’re up at 5.15am and out for a four or five mile walk. Well, I walk four or five miles but Jarvis runs about so much that I wouldn’t want to guess how far he actually goes!

 

“We have to do that because he has so much energy. If I didn’t give him a good walk and tire him out, I wouldn’t be able to bring him to the station like I do - he’d just be bouncing off the walls,” Graham laughs.

 

“We’ll get to the station in the morning and then we always do some sort of training while we’re there, whether it’s obedience ([teaching Jarvis to follow instructions] or searches around the area. Sometimes we get members of the watch to go and hide in the training rig or in the wooded area behind the station.”

 

“Then after our shift we’ll do another long walk of a few miles. He needs that or otherwise he just wouldn’t chill out in the evening at all!”

 

Close bond

Spending so much time together has naturally made Graham and his five-year-old Working Cocker Spaniel very close. Together they have already travelled across the UK for various exercises, with another major training event set to take place in Sicily next month.

 

And Graham says that relationship is what gives Jarvis the belief that no matter what situation they’re in, he can follow the instructions he is given.

 

“If you think about the nature of what you’re asking the dog to do, it’s really important that you have that bond with them. They might be going into a collapsed building or on top of a collapsed structure… so they need to trust you.

 

“Jarvis is a massive part of our family’s life, not just my life at ECFRS. That’s really important – he is so much more than just a working dog.”

 

Want to meet Jarvis?

Jarvis and Graham will be at a range of events throughout the summer, including many of our Fire Station Open Days.

 

Why not come along to one? You can find the full list here.

 

Last updated: 21 June 2019

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Container leak at Southend Hospital - Prittlewell Chase, Southend Crews were called to Southend Hospital after reports that a chemical had been spilled. 

On arrival firefighters reported that a container filled with formaldehyde was leaking. 

Formaldehyde is used to preserve biopsy specimens and can be harmful if breathed in. 

Firefighters quickly isolated the area, cleaned up and disposed of the liquid by 8:30pm.

There were no reported injuries. 


Shoeburyness Fire Station is crewed by on-call firefighter - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over Essex. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7819/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7819/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - no working smoke alarm - Wickfield Ash, Chelmsford A woman has been left homeless after her fridge freezer caught fire.

Crews were called to Wickfield Ash, Chelmsford, after reports of a fire on the ground floor of a house. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the ground floor was completely smoke logged and there was a fire in the utility room.

Firefighters worked quickly to surround the fire and stop it spreading to other rooms, extinguishing it by 2.10pm.

Watch Manager Ean Summerfield, Chelmsford Fire Station, said:

"The homeowner was upstairs when the fire started but was unaware of what was going on as her downstairs smoke alarm was not working. 

"By the time she smelled the smoke and realised there was a fire in her house it was already well developed. 

"Had the smoke alarm been working it's likely the homeowner would have been alerted to the fire far sooner, meaning the house would have suffered less fire and smoke damage.

"We recommend testing your smoke alarm on a weekly basis - a working smoke alarm will alert you to the first sign of fire and could ultimately save your house or your life."

The house is no longer habitable due to the fire damage in the utility room and smoke damage throughout the ground floor. 

Do you have smoke alarms to alert you to the first sign of fire?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7818/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7818/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Outbuilding fire - Hawkswood Road, Billericay Firefighters are being praised after spending the night battling a fire at a farm. 

Crews were called to Hawkswood Road, Billericay, just before midnight last night (Wednesday 19 June) after the owner of the farm noticed one of his outbuildings was alight.

On arrival firefighters reported there was a well developed fire in a single storey building which measured around 20m x 20m. 

Watch Manager David Archer, Billericay Fire Station, said:

"As we'd only received one call to alert us to the incident we hadn't anticipated how much of the building was already alight and how big the fire was. 

"As soon as we arrived and saw the incident we knew the priority was to contain the flire and stop it spreading to other buildings. 

"Firefighters worked incredibly hard to fight the fire from both internally and externally and stripped back the roof to gain access to the whole incident.

"The presence of cylinders inside the building and difficult access to water made our job more demanding but the skill and professionalism our crews showed was first class and meant the fire was contained to the single building."

At 4.25am the Incident Commander reported that the fire was extinguished.

The building has been completely destroyed.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place in due course.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7817/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7817/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one trapped female - Pudding Lane, Chigwell Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one car which had left the road and entered a ditch. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the car was on its roof and one female was trapped inside.

Firefighters worked to release the casualty by 8:50pm and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7816/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7816/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Bedroom fire started by sunlight on mirror - PHOTOS - Herons Lane, Firefighters were called to reports of a bedroom fire after sunlight on a mirror caused curtains to ignite.

Firefighters were called to a detatched house in Herons Lane, Ongar, and on arrival reported that there was a fire on the first floor.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished the flames by 7.30pm.

Watch Manager Mark Elsey, Brentwood Fire Station, said:

"The occupants were home at the time and alerted to the first sign of fire by their working smoke alarm. 

"The homeowner then tried to tackle the fire himself and as a result suffered from smoke inhalation. 

"If you discover a fire in your home always get out, stay out and call 999."

The bedroom has suffered some fire and smoke damage, but as the internal doors were closed the damage was contained to that single room. 

Watch Manager Elsey added:

"This incident shows how easy it is for magnifying or reflective objects to cause fires. Always ensure these objects on your window sils, dressing tables or anywhere else in your home are out of direct sunlight."


Ongar Fire Station is crewed by on-call firefighters - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Ongar and all over Essex. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


Do you have smoke alarms to alert you to the first sign of fire?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7815/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7815/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one male trapped - Hillcrest Road, Southend Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one vehicle had overturned and a man was trapped inside. 

Crews worked to release the casualty and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service at 2.50pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7814/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7814/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Community building fire - Hamilton Street, Harwich Crews were called to a community building after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a well developed fire, which appeared to have started from outside and quickly spread to the building due to strong winds.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire by 11.30am.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental or deliberate both possibilities. 

Around 75% of the building has been destroyed by the fire. 


Dovercourt Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7813/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7813/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Dog rescued after smoke alarm alerts neighbours to fire - Paycock Crews were called to a house after a homeowner heard their neighbour's smoke alarm going off. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a fire in the neighbour's kitchen and the property was full of smoke.

Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the fire by 9.40am.

Watch Manager Daniel Byatt, Harlow Fire Station, said:

"The fire started after a heat lamp, which was being used as part of a tortoise enclosure, caught a cardboard box alight.

"Unfortunately the tortoise died during the fire but we were able to rescue a dog from the house. 

"This incident shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your house.

"Although the homeowners were out at the time the smoke alarms alterted neighbours to the fire and they were able to call 999."

The kitchen has suffered some fire damage and the house has sufered some smoke damage. 


Do you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7811/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7811/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Dogs rescued from fire after turning on the cooker - Pennymead, Harlow Two dogs have been rescued from a ground floor flat after they unwittingly started a fire. 

Crews were called to Pennymead, Harlow, after a neighbour heard a smoke alarm sounding from a nearby flat. 

On arrival firefighters forced their way into the property, as the homeowner was out at the time, and reported that the kitchen was smoke logged and there was a smouldering fire on the hob. 

Crews then rescued two dogs from the kitchen and extinguished the fire by 5.35pm. 

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and started after the electric hob was turned on and set alight to papers which had been placed on top of it. 

The flat has suffered some smoke damage. 

Watch Manager Stefan Tanfield, Harlow Fire Station, said:

“Smoke alarms can warn us, and others around us, of the first sign of fire and should always be taken seriously. 

"The occupant has their neighbour to thank for alerting us to the fire before it got out of control, meaning we were able to save the flat from fire damage and the lives of the dogs.

“Always keep your cooker and hob area clear and turn the whole appliance off when you're not using it to ensure it doesn't get accidently switched on."


Stansted and Epping Fire Stations are crewed by on-call firefighter - people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are alerted when they are needed to attend an incident. We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over Essex. Interested? Find out how you can apply to be an on-call firefighter now: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


Do you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7812/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7812/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Barbecue safe this summer Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Essex.

But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side. As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking everyone to take extra care when cooking al fresco, especially when lighting barbecues or dealing with bad weather.

It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends - many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but, please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job.

And if you’ve planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don’t take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.  In recent years, some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result, so we are urging everyone to stay safe this summer.

Follow our top tips to ensure your barbecue is a safe and enjoyable event:

  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.   
  • Never use a barbecue indoors.
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more.
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.

This may seem a long list but most of these things are common sense. By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light the barbecue. We have had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous. Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early. Most of all, enjoy yourself safely”

Last updated: 14 June 2019

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbecue_safe_this_summer/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbecue_safe_this_summer/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Lordship Road, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release one casualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 2:52am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7810/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7810/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - dogs and cats rescued - Broad Walk, Hockley Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a small semi-detached bungalow in Hockley this afternoon (Wednesday 12 June).

When firefighters arrived they reported the fire was in the kitchen and the property was filled with smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to quickly extinguish the fire. They found a number of dogs and cats inside so carried them outside to safety. All the animals luckily survived the smoke and fire.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 4pm.

Watch Manager Gary Shinn, Hawkwell Fire Station, said:

"The resident and the numerous animals have had a very lucky escape today. The property did not have working smoke alarms, and so it took a while for the occupant to be alerted to the fire. They did manage to get out of the hosue before we arrived, but they did suffer from smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

"The fire has caused significant damage to the property and it is been left unhabitable.

"We think the fire was started by one of the animals who accidentally turned on the hob. There was tea towels on top of the hob which then caught alight.

"We want to urge everyone in Essex to have working smoke alarms in their properties. Smoke alarms alert you early that there is a fire, giving you time to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

"It is also important to never leave anything on top of your hob/oven that could catch fire should your hob get turned on by accident".

Not got a smoke alarm fitted?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. As in this case, smoke alarms can alert you to a fire and give you a chance to escape your home safely.

To arrange your FREE fitting, call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7809/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7809/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:00:00 GMT