London Fire Brigade

Candle safety warning after Christmas tree catches alight in South Kensington

25 December 2017

Firefighters have issued a warning to keep candles away from Christmas trees and other flammable items after a fire at a flat in Onslow Gardens in South Kensington.

Part of a living room in a first floor flat was damaged in the blaze on Christmas Day.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was due to a candle being knocked over and coming into contact with a Christmas tree.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “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 anything that can easily catch fire, including Christmas trees, Christmas presents and other Christmas decorations.”

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.

Two people left the property before the arrival of the Brigade. They were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital.

The Brigade was called at 1648 and the fire was under control at 1746. Two fire engines from Kensington and Fulham fire stations attended the scene.