Firefighters are warning of the importance of having a working smoke alarm following a fire in a house converted into bedsits on Barking Road in Plaistow yesterday evening.
One woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in her bedsit and a further 15 people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There was no working smoke alarm in the bedsit.
Warning residents of the importance of fitting a smoke alarm, Plaistow Crew Manager Paul Baker said: “Having a working smoke alarm is essential. Every home should have at least one. We offer residents a free home fire safety visit where we will visit your home, provide fire safety advice and fit free smoke alarms if you need them. Smoke alarms provide vital early warning and buy you extra time to escape if there is a fire.”
The Brigade was called at 2114 and the fire was under control by 2216. Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Plaistow fire station attended the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.