London Fire Brigade

Ten escape from Walthamstow house blaze

28 March 2012

Ten people escaped from a house fire on Folkestone Road in Walthamstow in east London (E17), in the early hours of this morning. It’s not thought that the four men, three women and three children were injured.

Red Watch Manager Charlotte McGuiness, from the newly rebuilt Walthamstow fire station, was in charge of the incident. She said: “When we got there we could see flames and thick, black smoke pouring from the house and soon realised the severity of the fire. Fortunately we quickly realised that all of the people had managed to escape before we got there. They escaped with seconds to spare as the fire spread from the ground floor of the house and up the stairs.

“Crews worked really hard to bring the fire under control and managed to stop it from spreading to neighbouring homes and up into the roof of the house.

“A smoke alarm went off in the house which undoubtedly saved the lives of these ten people. This is yet another example of how important these alarms are and why you should have one fitted on each level of your home. Were it not for the smoke alarm, these ten people might not have been so fortunate.”

The ground floor and first floor of the mid-terrace house were completely gutted by the fire. Having tackled the fire, firefighters went on to fit smoke alarms at a neighbouring property.

The Brigade was called at 0315 and the fire was under control by 0438. Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were at the scene. Two fire engines were from Walthamstow and two were from Leyton fire station.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.