London Fire Brigade

Pet dog causes house fire in Peckham

06 April 2015

Owners are being reminded to keep an eye on their pets after the Brigade today revealed a fire that nearly destroyed a family home on Chandler Way in Peckham last month was started by a dog

Fire investigators believe the family dog, called Leo – a Boxer/Staffordshire cross – started the fire on 3 March in the kitchen when he jumped up and touched a knob on the front of a cooker, turning the hob on. The ignition caused a child’s car seat that had been left on the hob to catch alight. Fortunately, no one was injured and Leo also escaped unscathed.  

The blaze damaged a third of the ground floor of the three-storey house.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

“We’re pleased that no one was injured in this fire and while unusual, it’s not unheard of for our crews to deal with incidents like this. It shows just how important it is to keep pets away from naked flames or cooker controls and to make sure kitchen surfaces and cookers are clear of food and other items that can easily catch fire.”

Two fire engines and around 14  firefighters and officers from Peckham and New Cross fire stations attended the incident.

The Brigade was called at 1103 on 3 March, and the fire was under control at 1130.