London Fire Brigade

Bee fumigation attempt leads to Chiswick house fire

15 May 2014

A man accidentally caused a fire yesterday after using incense in an attempt to rid his home of bees.

The London Fire Brigade was called at 1321 yesterday afternoon and firefighters were on the scene within minutes. Fire crews quickly discovered the fire in the loft and got to work to extinguish the flames. The fire was on Kingswood Road in Chiswick.

Alan Allmark, Watch Manager at Park Royal Fire Station, was at the scene, he said:

“The man had discovered a bee’s nest in his loft and was using an incense fumigation product to try and get rid of them. We believe he left the incense burning whilst he went to the shops to buy some more. It’s really dangerous to leave anything burning in your home if you’re not keeping a close eye on it at all times.

“If you think you’ve got a problem with bees or wasps, it’s much safer to call an expert than try and sort it out yourself.

“Fortunately, due to the quick actions of the firefighters, the fire damage was limited to part of the loft. The blaze could have been much worse if crews hadn’t acted so quickly.”

Four fire engines and over 20 firefighters and officers from Acton, Park Royal, Kensington and Chiswick fire stations attended the incident, which was over by 1432.

The Brigade said that the smouldering incense sticks set fire to clothing being stored nearby and the flames subsequently ignited the roof. Around half of the house’s loft was damaged by fire.