Fire and rescue service reassure residents after fatal blaze in Epping

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been reassuring residents in Epping and giving them safety advice after a fatal fire.

Community safety teams visited Woodland Grove, where a man sadly died on Sunday, to spread safety messages and make sure homes have smoke alarms.

Community Safety Officers, a Community Builder, Safe and Well Officers and Education Officers spoke to over 100 residents, delivered leaflets and found 17 homes needed alarms. They were supported by Essex Police and Epping District Council.

Kevin Mitson, Operational and Community Risk Manager, led the After Incident Response on Tuesday.

He said: “It was a great team effort to give home safety advice and provide smoke alarms. We covered a large area and received a very positive response.

“Our message to residents was to make sure they have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home. A smoke alarm will alert you to the first sign of fire and give you more time to get out, stay out and call 999.”

Crews from Harlow, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Old Harlow, Basildon, Stansted, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Chingford attended the fire in a third storey flat on Sunday at 6.30am.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.


Mick Ferris

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