Five people, including three children, have been taken to hospital following a fire on Stoke Newington High Street this afternoon.
The fire damaged part of the ground floor of a takeaway shop, as well as part of the shop’s ducting which runs from the ground to first floor. The flat above was affected by smoke.
A woman and baby boy were rescued from the window of the flat above the shop by members of the public who used a nearby builders’ ladder. Fire crews arrived on the scene soon after and using ladders rescued two boys who are thought to be aged six and ten. A man also escaped from the ground floor shop. It is thought they all belong to the same family.
London Fire Brigade Station Manager, Richard Knighton, was at the scene, he said:
“Crews worked hard to bring the flames under control and managed to prevent the fire from damaging the flat above the takeaway shop.
“The family were all taken to Homerton Hospital to be checked over but fortunately no one seemed to be badly hurt. I’m sure they’ll be extremely grateful that some passers by had the presence of mind to grab some ladders and rescue them from the smoke filled building.”
There were no smoke alarms inside the building and fire crews took the opportunity to remind people just how important they are. Richard Knighton added:
“Smoke alarms save lives as they give you a vital early warning if a fire breaks out in your home. If you’ve not got a smoke alarm, I’d urge you to get one today, you never know when fire might strike.”
Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters attended the incident. Fire crews were from Kingsland, Stoke Newington and Holloway fire stations.
The Brigade was called at 1302 and the fire was under control by 1341.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.