Fire crews were called to a fire at a flat on Chuddleigh Road in Harold Hill this morning. The fire started in the bedroom and is believed to have been caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette. Half of the first floor flat was damaged by the blaze and there was thick black smoke throughout the building.
A woman was led to safety by a member of the public. They were both suffering from smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews. A further four people left the building before the Brigade arrived. Two of those were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
There was no smoke alarm in the building. Watch Manager Paul Lewis said; “This incident highlights how important it is to have a working smoke alarm and escape route if you have a fire at your home. London Fire Brigade is offering all Londoners a free home fire safety visit. Firefighters will visit homes and fit free smoke alarms if they are needed. For a home fire safety visit call 08000 28 44 28.”
The Brigade was called at 1137 and the fire is under control by 1223. Firefighters from Romford, Hornchurch and Hainault fire stations were at the scene.