Two suffer effects of smoke after motorbike set on fire in stairwell of flats in Halstead

Firefighters were called after a motorbike was set alight in Halstead. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Firefighters were called after a motorbike was set alight in Halstead. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Two people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a motorbike was set on fire in a block of flats in Halstead.

Firefighters were called to the blaze, at Trinity Court, just after midnight on Tuesday.

Thick smoke engulfed the stairwell – making it difficult to use the fire escape.

A small number of ground floor residents made their way outside, and firefighters told remaining residents to follow ‘stay put’ procedures by remaining inside.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 1.10am.


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Incident commander Lee Lucas said: “The fire was caused by a motorcycle which had been left in the ground floor stairwell and set alight. As the tyres began to burn it produced a thick black smoke which made visibility inside the building’s stairwell impossible.

“Residents on the upper floors did the right thing by following our ‘stay put’ advice for high rise buildings.”

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Two people were treated for suffered smoke inhalation.

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