September 18 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, July 26, 2014
A woman in her 50s has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a bungalow.
Two crews from Clacton and one from Weeley were alerted to the blaze at a detached property in Point Clear Road, St Osyth, at about 6.45pm today.
The kitchen was found to be heavily smoke logged and a woman suffering from smoke inhalation was placed into the care of the ambulance service.
The fire was out shortly after 7pm. The woman’s cat and dog were also rescued by firefighters.
The blaze is believed to have started because the woman left food under the grill.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick, from the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It is frightening how quickly cooking can become a deadly disaster. Just a moment’s distraction is all it takes for cooking to start a fire.
“We know how easy it is to become distracted in the kitchen, busy family lives, phones, tablets, computers and television combine to make people lose their focus in the kitchen and that is when potentially deadly fires can start.
“Cooking might be an everyday activity but it is a major cause of fires in the home and it is vital that people do not get distracted when they are cooking.”