Wheelie bin fire that spread to a house and an adjacent garage in Runcorn

19/02/2020 - 02:18

Braithwaite Close, Beechwood, Runcorn

Two fire engines attended, one from Runcorn and one from Widnes


Shortly after 2.15am firefighters were called to reports of a domestic garage being on fire in Braithwaite Close, Beechwood, Runcorn.

On arrival the crew found a wheelie bin well alight and that the fire had spread to the roof of a single-storey extension of a house as well as to the adjacent garage.

No-one was unaccounted for.

The brick built semi-detached house was evacuated, as was a neighbouring property.

This was done as a precaution - the fire did not spread to the neighbouring address.

The gas and electricity supplies to the house affected by the fire were isolated and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus each used a hose reel jet to fight the flames.

The first place they fought flames was the roof space.

The fire damaged the kitchen and the bedroom in the single-storey extension as well as garden fencing and the garage.

Once there were no visible signs of fire, firefighters wearing respirators cut away areas affected by the blaze.

They also thoroughly inspected the address, looking for hotspots with a thermal imaging camera.

Once they were satisfied that the fire was out and address was safe, firefighters left the scene.

They were in attendance for around two-and-a-half hours.

Three people suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation were taken to hospital as a precaution after being assessed by paramedics.

They were all discharged from hospital on the same day.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been completed. The fire originated in the wheelie bin and was most likely of an accidental nature.

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