London Fire Brigade

Squirrel causes Romford garage fire

19 March 2013

A London Fire Brigade report has today revealed that a recent house fire in Romford in Essex was caused by a squirrel.

The cables of a fluorescent light appeared to have been nibbled on, which likely caused the electrical fault that started the blaze. The fire damaged part of a domestic garage on Main Road in Romford, destroying some household goods and appliances.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

“It’s nuts to think that squirrels can start fires, but that’s exactly what happened here. We think it was nesting in the garage and caused the blaze by chewing through some cables.
“As this incident has shown, it’s important to keep your garages and homes clear from rodents, as they can chew through cables and cause fires.”

You can find more information about how to prevent fires in the home on the Brigade's website.

Notes to editors

The fire occurred at a property on Main Road in Romford on 8th March. The Brigade was called at 1406 and the fire was under control at 1505. Three fire engines from Romford and Harold Hill fire stations went to the scene.