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Family left homeless after Basildon house fire
2:09pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in Echo News
A QUICK thinking little girl has been praised after she alerted her family to a bedroom fire.
A woman and two children have been left homeless after a blaze broke out in a house in the Malyons, Basildon at around 10.26 on Sunday.
Firefighters arriving at the scene reported that the first floor of the property was well alight.
Officers wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reels to tackled the blaze in the mid terraced property.
There was no structural damage to the home but smoke damage had left the house uninhabitable.
Thanks to the quick thinking youngster and the home’s smoke alarm the family escaped the property quickly and nobody was injured.
Station officer Gary Hastings said: “The little girl that lived at the house ran downstairs to tell her family there was a fire in the bedroom.
“That and the smoke alarms, meant that everyone got out quickly and nobody was injured.
“When we got in to the property there was very thick acrid smoke, so we had to use breathing aparatus and thermal imaging cameras to get in to the property.”
The incident was dealt with by 10:57 hrs.
Once the fire was out, crews used a high pressure fan to clear the building of smoke.
It is thought the fire was caused by an electrical item however a fire investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the incident.
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