London Fire Brigade

Five rescued from Earls Court flat fire

07 January 2014

Firefighters rescued five people from a flat fire on Cromwell Road in Earls Court late last night. Two adults and a baby were rescued from a first floor flat roof by crews using a turntable ladder, and a man and a woman were helped from inside the building by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. All five were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service. The first floor flat suffered partial damage during the blaze.

The cause of the fire is believed to be cooking left unattended on the hob.

Watch Manager Robert Poeti, from Kensington fire station, who was at the scene, said:

“It was a challenging incident as there was a lot of smoke and people were understandably quite distressed. Crews did very well and safely rescued a young family using a ladder, and two further adults from inside the flats.

“It looks like the fire was caused by cooking that had been left on the hob. It’s really important to make sure you keep a close eye on your cooking – turn the heat off if you have to leave the room and avoid cooking while tired or tipsy. Cooking is one of the main causes of accidental fires in London homes – taking a bit of extra care can help keep you, your family, and your neighbours safe. If you have had a few drinks, it’s much safer to get a takeaway than to attempt to cook.”

Four fire engines went to the scene from Kensington, Hammersmith, and Fulham fire stations. 21 firefighters and officers tackled the blaze.

The LFB was called at 2155 and the fire was under control at 2254.