Fire crews battle house blaze on Felmores in Basildon

Basildon Recorder: Fire crews battle house blaze on Felmores in Basildon Fire crews battle house blaze on Felmores in Basildon

FIVE fire crews were called to tackle a house fire on the Felmores Estate in Basildon The blaze erupted at a home in Winstree, Basildon, shortly before 2pm.

Fire chiefs confirmed the blaze started in one home in Winstree and spread through the roof to five other houses.

Crews put out the flames by 3pm and the entire street was evacuated.

Assistant divisional officer for Essex Country Fire and Rescue, Dave Moore said: "The buildings are timber framed and timber clad and that presented a real problem to crews, but thanks to the hard work and professionalism they prevented this fire from spreading further and destroying many more homes."

Four people - two children and two adults - were treated for smoke inhalation and taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment.

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4:44pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Spatial Awareness says...

Its WINSTREE - not WINDSTREE
Its WINSTREE - not WINDSTREE Spatial Awareness
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4:55pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Passionate1 says...

I feel very strongly about the wooden cladding houses in Felmores. There has been too many fires now. I feel that the Fire brigade or whoever is in charge needs to look at the health and safety of the residents. The cladding that was proposed a year ago has not been put up, unfortunately, four victims are now in hospital. There are only 30% of residents who own their houses on the estate, why dont they buy them out. Demolish the site and rebuild new houses etc. There is so much wasted space and the whole estate has a lot of potential. What is the point of building new developments such as Bockingham Green, surely, the people should come first. Besides Basildon Council would really profit from a new development!
I feel very strongly about the wooden cladding houses in Felmores. There has been too many fires now. I feel that the Fire brigade or whoever is in charge needs to look at the health and safety of the residents. The cladding that was proposed a year ago has not been put up, unfortunately, four victims are now in hospital. There are only 30% of residents who own their houses on the estate, why dont they buy them out. Demolish the site and rebuild new houses etc. There is so much wasted space and the whole estate has a lot of potential. What is the point of building new developments such as Bockingham Green, surely, the people should come first. Besides Basildon Council would really profit from a new development! Passionate1
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5:16pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

This is like a carbon copy (No pun intended) of the one a few years ago. That was something like 5 houses if my memory serves me. So some time has passed and no one has taken the responsibility for the dangerous condition of these houses? From not painting garages to not caring about anything but how much they can cream from flogging Basildon's jewels,our green space, this Council is getting the same reputation as the Elite in Government,(There is a green belt corruption issue there today).
But, the day one person gets injured or killed, will they be ready for the backlash from the good folk of Basildon. I sincerely hope not!
This is like a carbon copy (No pun intended) of the one a few years ago. That was something like 5 houses if my memory serves me. So some time has passed and no one has taken the responsibility for the dangerous condition of these houses? From not painting garages to not caring about anything but how much they can cream from flogging Basildon's jewels,our green space, this Council is getting the same reputation as the Elite in Government,(There is a green belt corruption issue there today). But, the day one person gets injured or killed, will they be ready for the backlash from the good folk of Basildon. I sincerely hope not! Last Poster
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6:56pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Princessgemma says...

http://www.ipetition
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felmores-homes-fire-
safe/?utm_medium=soc
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this is the link to the petition, please all sign and get your friends to sign, or have we got to wait til someone is killed before the council and mps help?
http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/make- felmores-homes-fire- safe/?utm_medium=soc ial&utm_source=faceb ook&utm_campaign=but ton this is the link to the petition, please all sign and get your friends to sign, or have we got to wait til someone is killed before the council and mps help? Princessgemma
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7:14pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Ontheball says...

I feel very sorry for the poor people at this complex. How the hell these fire-traps were allowed to be built is beyond me!!

How many so-called experts did these plans pass through before they were built as cheaply as possible.

Quality before quantity seems to have long gone out of the window.

It's all about making a quick buck, regardless of the lethal nature of these properties.
re
I feel very sorry for the poor people at this complex. How the hell these fire-traps were allowed to be built is beyond me!! How many so-called experts did these plans pass through before they were built as cheaply as possible. Quality before quantity seems to have long gone out of the window. It's all about making a quick buck, regardless of the lethal nature of these properties. re Ontheball
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11:52pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Princessgemma says...

they were built as temp homes in the 1950s and it was only built while the area surrounding was built up as the war had destroyed it, these homes were not meant to last 10 years let alone sixty! the council have already said they have made a start on protecting us and making changes, but none of the residents ive spoken to have recieved this information, this is the second lot of houses to be burnt down since the bockinham green lot, a few turnings away (same houses) they are such a fire trap, i know id have no chance of getting my children out, now i cant sleep, i have to protect my children, if anything happens whos head will it be on? this is my friends house and her and her children left with only what they were wearing, not even shoes on their feet, the children see their belongings melt away and all heartbroken, its so frightening no one deserves this? what are the council doing to protect us? not enough, we want help now, wed actually be safer homeless???
i urge everyone to sign the petition
they were built as temp homes in the 1950s and it was only built while the area surrounding was built up as the war had destroyed it, these homes were not meant to last 10 years let alone sixty! the council have already said they have made a start on protecting us and making changes, but none of the residents ive spoken to have recieved this information, this is the second lot of houses to be burnt down since the bockinham green lot, a few turnings away (same houses) they are such a fire trap, i know id have no chance of getting my children out, now i cant sleep, i have to protect my children, if anything happens whos head will it be on? this is my friends house and her and her children left with only what they were wearing, not even shoes on their feet, the children see their belongings melt away and all heartbroken, its so frightening no one deserves this? what are the council doing to protect us? not enough, we want help now, wed actually be safer homeless??? i urge everyone to sign the petition Princessgemma
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6:40am Tue 17 Apr 12

halojump says...

Well it seems it is suspected arson!! Started at the rear of the house where in the gardens childrens toys are. Basildon council needs to urgently introduce better fire breaks in these houses blocking up the vast voids that give fire access to the block of houses. Hopefully these people can be rehoused in the propertys that had been prepared for the travellers and not used in the area giving them a chance to get on their feet.
Well it seems it is suspected arson!! Started at the rear of the house where in the gardens childrens toys are. Basildon council needs to urgently introduce better fire breaks in these houses blocking up the vast voids that give fire access to the block of houses. Hopefully these people can be rehoused in the propertys that had been prepared for the travellers and not used in the area giving them a chance to get on their feet. halojump
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1:27pm Tue 17 Apr 12

tracyscarlett says...

in 2009 my moms house and a few other homes in bockingham green was damaged in a fire and now over the other side in winstree where my sister lives has had another fire these homes need to be taken down and rebuilt andhousing associations should stop endangering our families and do something before its too late and people die
in 2009 my moms house and a few other homes in bockingham green was damaged in a fire and now over the other side in winstree where my sister lives has had another fire these homes need to be taken down and rebuilt andhousing associations should stop endangering our families and do something before its too late and people die tracyscarlett
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1:48pm Tue 17 Apr 12

VANGE LES says...

If its arson, then the type of building will not stop the scum that do it, they'll just find another way. There's as many fires in brick built houses as in wooden ones.
What is really needed is to identify these d***heads and string them up. Shouldn't be to difficult - they probably live on that estate.
If its arson, then the type of building will not stop the scum that do it, they'll just find another way. There's as many fires in brick built houses as in wooden ones. What is really needed is to identify these d***heads and string them up. Shouldn't be to difficult - they probably live on that estate. VANGE LES
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2:07pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Kellogg's says...

Something needs to be done with these houses and fast before someone dies.

I can though they was NOT built in the 1950's... I am nearly 34 years old and moved into one in Winstree when I was one year old and the house was brand new then.

So pleased my mum & dad no longer live there now.
Something needs to be done with these houses and fast before someone dies. I can though they was NOT built in the 1950's... I am nearly 34 years old and moved into one in Winstree when I was one year old and the house was brand new then. So pleased my mum & dad no longer live there now. Kellogg's
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2:09pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Kellogg's says...

Kellogg's wrote:
Something needs to be done with these houses and fast before someone dies. I can though they was NOT built in the 1950's... I am nearly 34 years old and moved into one in Winstree when I was one year old and the house was brand new then. So pleased my mum & dad no longer live there now.
Sorry was mean't to say "I can say though they was NOT built in the 1950's".
[quote][p][bold]Kellogg's[/bold] wrote: Something needs to be done with these houses and fast before someone dies. I can though they was NOT built in the 1950's... I am nearly 34 years old and moved into one in Winstree when I was one year old and the house was brand new then. So pleased my mum & dad no longer live there now.[/p][/quote]Sorry was mean't to say "I can say though they was NOT built in the 1950's". Kellogg's
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2:16pm Tue 17 Apr 12

dayworker says...

These houses were not built in the 1950's but were built in the mid 70's.
These houses were not built in the 1950's but were built in the mid 70's. dayworker
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4:43pm Tue 17 Apr 12

flossy61 says...

my sister lived in winstree till recently and now her daughter and grand children live there it was terrifying for them, and all i can say is that if you throw a match in a rabbit hutch it will burn, the council need to think of there tenants for once and not there pockets, am sure if the council can spend all that money on dale farm then surely they can protect people who pay good money to live in these fire traps
my sister lived in winstree till recently and now her daughter and grand children live there it was terrifying for them, and all i can say is that if you throw a match in a rabbit hutch it will burn, the council need to think of there tenants for once and not there pockets, am sure if the council can spend all that money on dale farm then surely they can protect people who pay good money to live in these fire traps flossy61
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6:30pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Steve H says...

I am certain these houses are safe, how long have they been standing? Most of the Craylands estate have timber frames.

What can't be sure and would be the same in any house is the responsibility of the residents, cheap furniture, cigarettes...a recipie for disaster.

It is sad that people have lost alot, thats what insurance is for......if they have it????
I am certain these houses are safe, how long have they been standing? Most of the Craylands estate have timber frames. What can't be sure and would be the same in any house is the responsibility of the residents, cheap furniture, cigarettes...a recipie for disaster. It is sad that people have lost alot, thats what insurance is for......if they have it???? Steve H
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10:39pm Tue 17 Apr 12

halojump says...

these houses have a major flaw which basildon council know and have done nothing about. At the front and the back they have a void that runs the length of the building. In this case the fire was started at the rear just below the void and this is what quickly carried the fire along the block. The front has the same void running along all the houses just in front of the front doors about the foot path. Why has there been no fire breaks added to any of these houses to limit this problem even as a short term solution. As for comments on what insurance is for? well can it buy a loved one back? can it prevent sleepless nights and removed the distress? i suggest Steve H you know nothing of the issues of felmores and possibly of life it self
these houses have a major flaw which basildon council know and have done nothing about. At the front and the back they have a void that runs the length of the building. In this case the fire was started at the rear just below the void and this is what quickly carried the fire along the block. The front has the same void running along all the houses just in front of the front doors about the foot path. Why has there been no fire breaks added to any of these houses to limit this problem even as a short term solution. As for comments on what insurance is for? well can it buy a loved one back? can it prevent sleepless nights and removed the distress? i suggest Steve H you know nothing of the issues of felmores and possibly of life it self halojump
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12:33am Wed 18 Apr 12

Last Poster says...

halojump wrote:
these houses have a major flaw which basildon council know and have done nothing about. At the front and the back they have a void that runs the length of the building. In this case the fire was started at the rear just below the void and this is what quickly carried the fire along the block. The front has the same void running along all the houses just in front of the front doors about the foot path. Why has there been no fire breaks added to any of these houses to limit this problem even as a short term solution. As for comments on what insurance is for? well can it buy a loved one back? can it prevent sleepless nights and removed the distress? i suggest Steve H you know nothing of the issues of felmores and possibly of life it self
Steve H is a self-confessed Tory voter, therefore does not understand the problems that are rife in Serfdom, otherwise he would never have ticked that box! I also wonder about the tunnels for the old heating pipes, and whether they could help the spread of fire.
Perhaps it is time the whole of felmores was given a long hard look at. What with Bail hostels etc. they do seem to have been loaded with more than their fair share of prejudice.
Of course, they should not be looked at by this pro Billericay/ Wickford mob that no longer represent the people of Basildon. They will just sell the land to Barrett which will enrich their wallets.
[quote][p][bold]halojump[/bold] wrote: these houses have a major flaw which basildon council know and have done nothing about. At the front and the back they have a void that runs the length of the building. In this case the fire was started at the rear just below the void and this is what quickly carried the fire along the block. The front has the same void running along all the houses just in front of the front doors about the foot path. Why has there been no fire breaks added to any of these houses to limit this problem even as a short term solution. As for comments on what insurance is for? well can it buy a loved one back? can it prevent sleepless nights and removed the distress? i suggest Steve H you know nothing of the issues of felmores and possibly of life it self[/p][/quote]Steve H is a self-confessed Tory voter, therefore does not understand the problems that are rife in Serfdom, otherwise he would never have ticked that box! I also wonder about the tunnels for the old heating pipes, and whether they could help the spread of fire. Perhaps it is time the whole of felmores was given a long hard look at. What with Bail hostels etc. they do seem to have been loaded with more than their fair share of prejudice. Of course, they should not be looked at by this pro Billericay/ Wickford mob that no longer represent the people of Basildon. They will just sell the land to Barrett which will enrich their wallets. Last Poster
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10:05am Wed 18 Apr 12

Princessgemma says...

Steve H wrote:
I am certain these houses are safe, how long have they been standing? Most of the Craylands estate have timber frames. What can't be sure and would be the same in any house is the responsibility of the residents, cheap furniture, cigarettes...a recipie for disaster. It is sad that people have lost alot, thats what insurance is for......if they have it????
cheap furniture? fags? i can assure u i dont have either in my home, but can also say as i live in a three story i dont sleep at night as i fear if i fall to sleep my children would not get out safe, your comments are ridiculous! we have families which mean more then any material things, including insurance, im suprised that anyone living on the estate can still get insurance! lets put the councilliors families in these houses and let them watch it burn down around them, they would not put up with it! if they r saying it costs too much money to knock it down and rebuild then where the hell did they find the money to move on the travellers at dale farm? im sure our lives and ur childrens lives are much more worth the effort! if they cant refurb the estate then why not supply every house on the estate with emergency exits ...ie escape ladders, fire extinguishers? surely would be cheaper then to move us all, these homes are old and need knocking down, the walls are paper thin, nothing splitting the homes, the electrics need redoing as every plug socket in my home is not safe,my water system in eroded, and the walls dont even hold a picture frame, i shouldnt have to tell my five year old how to escape from a fire! and the people that done it didnt care there was children in that house, four fires down one road in 10 years, six on the estate? even the fire cheifs say they are built to be unsafe, what will it take?
[quote][p][bold]Steve H[/bold] wrote: I am certain these houses are safe, how long have they been standing? Most of the Craylands estate have timber frames. What can't be sure and would be the same in any house is the responsibility of the residents, cheap furniture, cigarettes...a recipie for disaster. It is sad that people have lost alot, thats what insurance is for......if they have it????[/p][/quote]cheap furniture? fags? i can assure u i dont have either in my home, but can also say as i live in a three story i dont sleep at night as i fear if i fall to sleep my children would not get out safe, your comments are ridiculous! we have families which mean more then any material things, including insurance, im suprised that anyone living on the estate can still get insurance! lets put the councilliors families in these houses and let them watch it burn down around them, they would not put up with it! if they r saying it costs too much money to knock it down and rebuild then where the hell did they find the money to move on the travellers at dale farm? im sure our lives and ur childrens lives are much more worth the effort! if they cant refurb the estate then why not supply every house on the estate with emergency exits ...ie escape ladders, fire extinguishers? surely would be cheaper then to move us all, these homes are old and need knocking down, the walls are paper thin, nothing splitting the homes, the electrics need redoing as every plug socket in my home is not safe,my water system in eroded, and the walls dont even hold a picture frame, i shouldnt have to tell my five year old how to escape from a fire! and the people that done it didnt care there was children in that house, four fires down one road in 10 years, six on the estate? even the fire cheifs say they are built to be unsafe, what will it take? Princessgemma
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6:24pm Wed 18 Apr 12

crash19811 says...

This was arson!? How is that the council's fault. If someone wants to cause arson, then they will find a way, whatever way the house is built! There was a fire in Holden Way a month ago which affected 8 houses and families and the spread was much worse. Barely been mentioned. Fires happen either through negligence (accident) or maliciously (arson). Timber actually has good fire resistance properties and the fire stops in the rooves here have done their job in stopping the fire spreading across the row (along with the excellent work of the fire service)
This was arson!? How is that the council's fault. If someone wants to cause arson, then they will find a way, whatever way the house is built! There was a fire in Holden Way a month ago which affected 8 houses and families and the spread was much worse. Barely been mentioned. Fires happen either through negligence (accident) or maliciously (arson). Timber actually has good fire resistance properties and the fire stops in the rooves here have done their job in stopping the fire spreading across the row (along with the excellent work of the fire service) crash19811
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