Fire crews were called to a house fire on Clemence Street, E14 early this morning. The fire damaged a small amount of the basement.
A woman left the building before firefighters arrived. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.
Watch Manager Neil Dickinson, who was at the scene said:
“There was no smoke alarm in the house and the owner only woke up because her cat was meowing in her face. Meowing cats are no replacement for working smoke alarms and had she not woken up, this incident could have had tragic consequences.”
“The woman did the right thing in closing the door to the kitchen where the fire was which contained the blaze. The woman, two dogs and three cats all got out safely.”
The Brigade was called at 0547 and the fire was under control by 0612. Fire crews from Poplar and Millwall fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.