London Fire Brigade

Flat fire in Fulham

12 January 2013

Fire crews were called to a flat fire on Holy Port Road in Fulham SW6 early on Saturday morning. The flat was badly damaged by the blaze, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an old, faulty electric blanket left on while the occupants went away.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said:

“If your blanket has fraying fabric, scorch marks, exposed elements, creasing/folding, soiling, loose connections or any other type of damage, have it replaced. If the blanket has a BEAB safety mark it should also be replaced as this means it is over ten years old. You should never fold electric blankets – store them flat or rolled up to protect the wiring. Don’t leave them on all night – or buy one that has a safety switch which turns itself off after a period of time. You should get your blanket tested every three years – most councils run free testing days at the end of summer, so keep an eye out. Replace your blanket every ten years.”

Six fire engines and around 30 firefighters from Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington, and Chelsea fire stations were at the scene. The Brigade was called at 0545 and the fire was under control at 0712.