London Fire Brigade

Daughter saves her mother’s life in Dagenham house fire

10 March 2015

A child who woke up and smelt smoke in the family home on Ilchester Road in Dagenham last night has been praised for waking her mother up and raising the alarm. The house was not fitted with a working smoke alarm.

They left the house before the Brigade arrived and were treated at the scene for burns and smoke inhalation by the London Ambulance Service and taken to hospital. Most of the first floor of the house and part of the roof was destroyed by the fire.

Watch Manager Jason Oliff who was at the fire said:

“The young girl undoubtedly saved her mother’s life  by waking up her mum despite the smoke and flames around her mother’s bed. The house didn’t have a working smoke alarm and so if the girl hadn’t woken up, this story could have had a very different ending. I can’t stress how important it is to have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your house and to test them regularly.”

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire but a candle is believed to have started the blaze.

Watch Manager Oliff continued;

“Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains, bedding and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Our top candle safety tips are:

• Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder.
• Always put the candleholder on a heat resistant surface like a ceramic place.
• Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.
• Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

Find more information on candle safety here

Four fire engines and around 21 firefighters and officers from Dagenham, Ilford, Barking and East Ham attended the incident.

The Brigade was called at 2340 and the fire was under control at 0033.