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Rainham bungalow and its roof damaged in fire

PUBLISHED: 17:09 13 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:09 13 August 2020

Most of the roof of a bungalow in Rainham was damaged by a fire last night; thankfully, no injuries were reported. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Most of the roof of a bungalow in Rainham was damaged by a fire last night; thankfully, no injuries were reported. Picture: London Fire Brigade

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A bungalow and its roof were damaged in a fire in Rainham last night (August 12).

Investigators believe the fire was caused by hot works which were carried out on the roof. Picture: London Fire BrigadeInvestigators believe the fire was caused by hot works which were carried out on the roof. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to the blaze in Walden Avenue at around 8.50pm, which was under control by 11.09pm.

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There were no reports of any injuries; two women and a child left the building before the brigade arrived.

The brigade’s investigators believe the fire — which destroyed part of the inside and most of the roof — was caused during renovations.

Station officer Gary Collins, who was at the scene, said: “The property was undergoing major refurbishment and hot works had been carried out on the roof. Building works like welding, cutting or grinding create a lot of heat and sparks. Within a number of hours, the roof had caught alight and flames spread quickly.

“This incident is a timely reminder to test your smoke alarms. The residents had a lucky escape as smoke alarms fitted inside their home failed to alert them to the fire. You should have smoke alarms fitted in every room in your home where a fire can start, for example where you have appliances plugged in, and a heat alarm in your kitchen.”


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