London Fire Brigade

Woman rescued from hair straighteners blaze

03 April 2013

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued an unconscious woman from a house in Southgate after a fire was believed to be caused by hair straighteners.

The hair straighteners had been left switched on lying on a wooden laminated floor.

It is the second time in a week that hot hair straighteners have been linked to the cause of a fire with potentially fatal consequences.

Finchley fire station Watch Manager Tony Keating said:

“ We believe the fire was started by hair straighteners being left on.

“Fortunately the woman was woken by a smoke alarm and dialled 999. When crews arrived they found her unconscious and not breathing on the first floor landing. She was brought out of the property and firefighters started resuscitation before ambulance crews arrived. 

“You should never leave hair straighteners switched on and they should always be used cautiously and with care. The incident also highlights the importance of a working smoke alarm which sounded and this helped save her life.”

Two fire engines from Finchley fire station with 14 firefighters and officers tackled the blaze on Morton Way, Southgate, N14 which badly damaged the loft conversion.  The fire started at 0500 and was put out at 0559 today (April 3.)

The woman was treated by the London Ambulance service and taken to hospital.

Only last week hair straighteners were linked to a fire in Pinner when a woman was distracted.