False alarm leads to evacuation of block of flats in Basildon

BURNT toast triggered the evacuation of a block of flats.

Fire crews from Basildon, Orsett, Corringham, Rayleigh Weir and an aerial ladder platform from Grays raced to Ravensfield Court, off Ravensfield, in Basildon, after being alerted by Careline just after 3pm  today, Friday.

Residents at the council-owned flats, which also includes sheltered accommodation were alerted to a possible fire after the smoke alarms went off and followed the building’s evacuation procedure.

Firefighters went into the flat and made sure there was no danger before letting people return to their homes.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the number of engines sent to the call is part of a “pre-determined attendance to high rise incidents”.

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5:32pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

better safe than sorry I suppose
better safe than sorry I suppose Eric Whim
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11:23pm Fri 19 Oct 12

v.randy says...

Someone in Basildon has at last ventured into their kitchen and given cooking a go.Clearly the take-aways were all shut...but at least they tried ,hope it doesn't put them off trying again.
Someone in Basildon has at last ventured into their kitchen and given cooking a go.Clearly the take-aways were all shut...but at least they tried ,hope it doesn't put them off trying again. v.randy
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12:23am Sat 20 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Toast? In Basildon? Surely you mean Ryvita and Phillie with a shaving of wild Tuscan truffle? X
Toast? In Basildon? Surely you mean Ryvita and Phillie with a shaving of wild Tuscan truffle? X Olivia2847
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12:25am Sat 20 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Any excuse to get Eric Pickles to come out of hiding - oops - mustn't mention him now should we .......
Any excuse to get Eric Pickles to come out of hiding - oops - mustn't mention him now should we ....... Olivia2847
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