Smoke alarm warning following kitchen fire in Braintree
PUBLISHED: 20:26 14 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:13 16 April 2019
Firefighters in Essex have urged residents to check their smoke alarms following a kitchen fire in Braintree.
Crews were called to the fire, in Achilles Way, at around 4.50pm on Sunday, April 14 after receiving reports that a pan of cooking oil had caught alight.
When crews arrived, firefighters reported the fire was already out but worked to ventilate the property.
However while carrying out fire safety checks they discovered that although there was a smoke alarm in the property, the battery had been removed.
Firefighters fitted working smoke alarms inside the house.
Crew manager Paul Mayes said: “Smoke alarms alert you to the first sign of fire in your home and can be the difference between life or death.
“Although it can be tempting to remove a battery or disconnect an alarm, it's vital that you never do this and regularly test your alarm to ensure it's working correctly.”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will provide and fit smoke alarms completely free of charge.
Call 0300 303 0088 for more information or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book