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Man left homeless after fire damages flat in Brentwood

Firefighters gave a man oxygen therapy at the scene

A man has reportedly been left homeless after a kitchen fire damaged his flat in Brentwood. 

The building was already heavily smoke logged when firefighters arrived at the scene in Ongar Road at 7.15pm yesterday evening. 

They gave the man oxygen therapy and he also needed medical treatment for burns to his hands after he attempted to put out the fire with tea towels. 

The man had previously been alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and it is believed the fire was started accidentally when cooking on the hob ignited. 

Crews battled the fire for around 45 minutes and managed to bring it under control by 8pm. 

“If there is a fire in your home, please do not try to tackle it yourself even if it is your first instinct,” said Watch Manager Mark Elsey, from Orsett Fire Station. 

“This fire quickly took hold and fires can quickly spread, that’s why it is so important to get out of the house, stay out and call us out.

“The man thought quickly to shut the kitchen door on his way out and this contained the fire to the kitchen.

“Incidents like this really highlight why it is so important to have working smoke alarms in your home.

“We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home and that you test them regularly.”

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