London Fire Brigade

Fire plan safety reminder after Islington flat fire

02 April 2014

Fire crews in Islington are reminding people to make sure they have a fire plan after a blaze in a block of flats on Goswell Road, Finsbury, EC1 during the early hours of this morning.

The fire, which started when a pushchair left on the first floor landing caught fire, damaged part of a stairwell in the five floor block and left the building smoke logged.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus assisted a man from a fourth floor flat, and a man and a woman from another flat on the fourth floor of the building to safety. All three were treated for smoke inhalation as a precaution.

A Brigade spokesperson  said: “Although the fire was relatively small it caused a lot of smoke logging in the building. Crews put the fire out, made contact with people in the flats and after ventilating the corridor led them to safety down an internal staircase.

“Purpose-built flats are designed to withstand fire for a certain amount of time so those people who remained inside their flats did the right thing in staying put until crews reached them. The fire was on a landing, so if they had opened their doors they could have been putting themselves in danger by exposing themselves to the  fire, smoke, and fumes directly outside.

“This fire started after a pushchair on the landing caught fire and it’s important to make sure halls and exits are kept clear of items like this as, not only can they pose a fire risk, they can prevent your escape route if there is a fire.”

In the early stages of the incident 999 Control Officers gave residents fire survival guidance on how to stay as safe as possible until firefighters reached them .

The Brigade was called at 0444 and the fire was under control by 0650. Twenty –one firefighters and officers from Islington, Shoreditch, Dowgate and Euston fire stations attended the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation

The fire happened just days after the Brigade launched a major new safety campaign designed to improve awareness of fire safety for the residents of high rise buildings and purpose built blocks and to encourage landlords and housing providers to act on their fire safety responsibilities. To find out more visit www.knowtheplan.co.uk

Note to editors:

• Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different If there is a fire elsewhere in the block but not inside your flat you’re usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you. If you leave your flat you could be rushing into choking smoke, the fire itself or firefighters using equipment to bring the fire under control in another part of the building.

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