London Fire Brigade has urged people living in high rise buildings and purpose built blocks to ensure they know what to do in the event of a fire following a blaze in a flat on Albert Embankment, SE1 last night .
Twenty one firefighters and officers attended the fire and nearly half of it was damaged in the blaze.
A Brigade spokesman said:
“Around 12 people mainly from the floor affected evacuated the building. People in flats unaffected by fire and smoke were perfectly safe inside their flats and there were no injuries.”
London Fire Brigade recently launched a campaign called Know the Plan designed to improve awareness of fire safety for the residents of high rise buildings and purpose built blocks, such as this one in Lambeth, and to encourage landlords and housing providers to act on their fire safety responsibilities.
Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different.
If there is a fire elsewhere in the block but not inside your flat you’re usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you.
If you leave your flat you could be rushing into choking smoke, the fire itself or firefighters using equipment to bring the fire under control in another part of the building. To find out more visit www.knowtheplan.co.uk
Four engines attended the scene from Lambeth and Soho fire stations.
The Brigade were called at 2022 at and the fire was under control at 2122.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.