London Fire Brigade

Thornton Heath - house fire

08 February 2018

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after a tea light caused a fire at a house in Queenswood Avenue, Thornton Heath.

Most of the loft and half of the first floor of the house were damaged and part of  a timber-framed lean-to at the rear of the property was also damaged. No injuries were reported.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was a tea light which set light to bedding.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Fortunately there were no injuries resulting from this fire, but the property was very badly 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.”

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 0950 and the fire was under control by 1039. Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers from Norbury, Croydon and West Norwood fire stations were at the scene.