London Fire Brigade

Islington - hostel fire

10 November 2017

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a hostel on High Grove Court in Islington yesterday evening.

Part of a two roomed flat on the fourth floor in the five storey building was damaged by the fire.  Our fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a burning incense stick being left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles, incense and oil burners are one of the most common causes of fire in the home. It’s really important that you never leave them unattended and keep them away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Top candle, incense and oil burner safety tips

  • Always use a heat resistant holder on a stable surface, which won't be knocked over 
  • Tea lights can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath 
  • Keep items away from materials that may catch fire such as curtains, furniture, clothes and hair 
  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed 

The Brigade was called at 1810 and the fire was under control by 1921. Crew from Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington fire stations were at the scene.