London Fire Brigade

Catford – self heating textiles causes laundrette fire

20 January 2018

A fire that caused damage to a laundrette in Catford last night is believed to have started by items that were left in a tumble dryer.

Part of the ground floor shop was damaged by the blaze. Firefighters rescued one man who lived in one of the flats above the laundrette.

Fire investigators believe the fire at a laundrette on Catford Broadway was the result of self-heating textiles left in one of the commercial tumble dryers. These types of fires often involve textiles that become contaminated with oil, most commonly linseed, massage and cooking oil on tea towels, tablecloths and chef whites.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters from Greenwich, Lee Green, Beckenham, Bromley and Forest Hill fire stations attended the incident. There were no injuries reported.