London Fire Brigade

Ilford - house fire

30 November 2017

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after a fire was caused by a fan heater in Wanstead Park Road, Ilford.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to the fire at an end-of-terrace house.

Half of the first floor of the two-storey building was damaged by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by a fan heater being knocked onto or placed too close to combustible items.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “When it gets cold, instinctively we might want to pull heaters up close but blankets and duvets or other material getting too close to heaters is a dangerous fire risk.

“Shockingly almost 60% of fatal fires involving heaters are caused by clothing or furniture being too close to them.

“People need to make sure their portable heaters are standing upright and kept well away from objects and materials that might cause a fire. Never use one to dry your clothes. Those with mobility issues are especially at risk of tripping or falling onto a heater to placing them at a safe distance is all the more important.

“Although the stats focus on electric heaters we should not forget that other heaters such as gas and open fires carry an equal fire risk if not use correctly. Homeowners should always make sure their heaters are checked regularly and are well maintained.”

The Brigade was called at 1058 and the fire was under control at 1143. Fire crews from Ilford, East Ham, Barking and Leytonstone fire stations attended the scene.