London Fire Brigade

Boys rescued from straighteners blaze

28 March 2013

Two young boys were rescued from a bedroom in a house in Pinner by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus last night after a fire was started by hair straighteners.

The children aged 4 and 5 were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation by the London Ambulance Service.  A woman escaped from the house before the fire crew arrived.

Two fire engines from Northolt with 14 firefighters tackled the blaze.

It’s thought the woman had been using her hair straighteners and accidentally left them switched on when she answered the phone and then went downstairs to open the door for a takeaway pizza. It’s believed she went down to collect the food, leaving the hot straighteners on a pile of clothes, which then caught fire.

Watch Manager Mick Passingham from Northolt fire station said:
“The woman rang 999 and told our control officers that the children were in a back bedroom so fire crews went straight in and brought them out very quickly.
“After using hair straighteners you should put them down on a heat proof surface and unplug them straight away because as we’ve seen here, it’s really easy to get distracted.
“There was no working smoke alarm in the house. Our advice is to fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home so that you’re quickly alerted if a blaze breaks out.”
The Brigade was called at 2057 and the fire was brought under control at 2159.