London Fire Brigade

Cooking safety reminder after Kilburn flat fire

03 December 2017

Firefighters are reminding people not to leave cooking unattended after a fire at a block of flats in Malvern Road in Kilburn.

Part of a maisonette on the fourth and fifth floors of the block was damaged by fire.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a chip pan left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room, turn the heat off before you do.”

How to prevent cooking fires

  • Avoid leaving cooking unattended
  • Don't cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
  • Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build-up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire
  • Use spark devices to light gas cookers - they are much safer than matches or lighters as they don't have a naked flame
  • Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from anything that can catch fire 
  • Never put anything metal in the microwave
  • Never use a barbecue indoors or on a balcony - burning or smouldering fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach

The Brigade was called at 1522 and the fire was under control at 1631. Fire crews from Paddington, North Kensington, West Hampstead and Euston fire stations attended the scene.