London Fire Brigade

Smoke alarm reminder after neighbour rescues woman from Paddington flat fire

16 April 2014

Firefighters in Paddington are reminding people of the importance of having a smoke alarm following a flat fire on Queensway during the early hours of this morning.

The warning comes after a man rescued his neighbour from the blaze after he was alerted to it  by one of the life saving devices. The man broke down the door of a neighbouring flat where a fire had broken out and managed to pull the woman living there to safety before the Brigade arrived.

The fire left the second floor flat, which was above a shop, badly damaged and the woman was taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Watch Manager Matt Manning who was at the scene said: “The flat was well alight when we arrived and flames were punching out of the windows. Our crews worked really hard to stop the fire from spreading and did really well to contain it to the flat where it started.

“The neighbour did a great job. We think he was alerted to the fire by the sound of the smoke alarm going off and then acted quickly to get the woman out of the flat.  It just goes to show the importance of having a smoke alarm. They alert you to fire and can also  buy you vital seconds to escape from one.”

The Brigade was called at 0258 and the fire was under control by 0343. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Paddington, North Kensington and Kensington attended the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.