London Fire Brigade

Smoke alarm alerts Chelsea woman to fire in flat

20 November 2017

A Chelsea woman had a lucky escape from a flat fire thanks to a smoke alarm sounding. The woman was woken to the sound of the alarm and discovered a fire in the living room of her flat in Beaufort Street, during the early hours of this morning.

The woman attempted to tackle the fire herself before leaving the property. She was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. A further eight people were evacuated by crews from the block of flats.

A small part of the living room was damaged by the fire which fire investigators believe was caused by a candle left unattended.

Watch Manager Simon Jenkins, who was at the scene said: “This incident proves just how important it is to have working smoke alarms installed in your home.  The resident was asleep when she was alerted to the blaze, without the smoke alarm this could have been a very different story. Everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire.

“If you discover a fire never tackle it yourself. Get out, stay out, call 999 and leave it to the professionals in order to avoid injury or worse." 

Watch Manager Jenkins also reminded people of the importance of using candles safely, adding: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Top candle safety tips

  • Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.
  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.
  • Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
  • Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.
  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets

The Brigade was called at 0349 and the incident was over by 0500.  Two fire engines and 14 firefighters and officers from Chelsea, Battersea and Clapham were at the scene.