London Fire Brigade

Islington - house fire

12 March 2018

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after a set of candles caused a fire in Ashley Road, Holloway, this morning.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a house conversion.

Half of a third floor flat and loft conversion were damaged by the fire. One man left the property before the arrival of the Brigade.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was candles setting light to materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: Fortunately there were no injuries resulting from this fire, but the flat was damaged.

“Candles are one of the most common causes of fires so it’s really important you never leave them unattended and keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.”

The Brigade was called at 0229 and the fire was under control at 0342. Fire crews from Holloway, Hornsey and Kentish Town fire stations attended the scene.

Our top candle safety tips:

• Keep candles well away from items that could catch fire, such as clothing
• Place candles on a heat resistant surface, like a ceramic plate
• Never leave a candle unattended
• Always fully extinguish a candle before going to sleep or going out