On Tuesday 29 December at approximately 21:19pm, we attended a fire in a ground floor flat on Oak Street, Leicester. Crews from Eastern and Central Fire Stations attended the incident, along with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

Crews gained access to the flat, and one casualty was removed. CPR was administered, however the casualty sadly passed away shortly after.

The cause of the fire was determined as accidental.

This is a terrible tragedy, and the thoughts of the Fire and Rescue Service are with the family, friends and acquaintances of the deceased.

As part of our post-incident response procedure, we are providing reassurance and advice on home fire safety in order to prevent any similar incidents occurring in the future. Crews are in the local area tomorrow (1 January), sharing home fire safety advice.

Please note, all Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service employees carry identification cards, which they are more than happy to show you. If someone approaches your home posing as an employee of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and are unwilling or unable to show you identification, do not let them in and report them to Leicestershire Police via leics.police.uk/contact-us.

We would advise that you have a minimum of one working smoke alarm on each level of your home, and recommend you test these on a monthly basis. Keep escape routes clear, and ensure that a fire escape plan is discussed within your household.

Further advice on how to keep you and your home safe from fire are available on Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s website, which can be found by visiting leics-fire.gov.uk/your-safety/at-home.

To request a Home Safety Check, visit lfrs.egressforms.com/Form/HomeFireSafetyCheck.



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About the Service

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provides emergency response, prevention and protection services from 20 stations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Its headquarters is based in Birstall, Leicester.

During 2018/19, the Service attended 762 road traffic collisions, of which 125 were extrications from vehicles, in addition to ­2,569 fires. We carried out 6,746 home safety checks and fitted 4,790 smoke alarms. 279 schools were visited as part of the Service’s schools programme, delivering fire and road safety education to pupils. Staff organised or took part in 1,068 community safety events, promoting fire and road safety and arson prevention, and 134 Virtual Fatal Four (VF4) events as part of the Service’s young drivers’ road safety project. 

The Service’s prevention, education, enforcement and inspection programmes have resulted in significant reductions in the number of incidents. In the last ten years, fire-related incidents have reduced by over 30 percent. 


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