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Four fires in two days prompts safety reminder

Date : 31 December 2020

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding householders to take extra care after four fires in homes in two days.

At 02:08 on 31 December 2020, two fire engines attended a property on Marley Lane in  Battle. There was a fire in the sitting room. Four breathing apparatus were used along with hose reels. Everyone was accounted for. 

At 15:58 on 30 December 2020, a fire engine was sent to Ghyll Road, Heathfield. There was a chimney fire which was contained to the flue. It was put out by the crew using a chimney kit.

At 09:51 on 30 December 2020, two fire engines attended Back Lane, Heathfield. There was a fire in a ground floor airing cupboard. Two breathing apparatus and one hose reel were used to put the fire out and a PPV fan was used to clear the smoke. 

At 00:25 on 30 December 2020, three fire engines were called to East View Terrace, Sedlescombe. There was a fire in a ground floor flat. Four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets were used.

Fire safety advice

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Chimneys need to be maintained and swept on a regular basis – if you haven’t done so already, get a qualified chimney sweep to check things over
  • Many fires begin in the kitchen – keep an eye on cooking and always use a timer
  • Electrics are a common cause of fire – watch out for signs of wear and tear in cables and switch off appliances when not in use


Home Safety phone checks

If you’d like to find out more about fire safety for yourself or someone you know, we can offer our home safety checks which are carried out over the phone. We can also provide free smoke alarms and specialist equipment in many cases.

Get in touch on 0800 177 7069  or online: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/ 


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