London Fire Brigade

Smoke alarms alert occupants of Twickenham house to loft fire

19 December 2017

Firefighters are reminding people about the importance of smoke alarms after they alerted the occupants of a house in Twickenham to a fire in their property.

The occupants of the house in Sixth Cross Road heard smoke alarms sounding and discovered a fire in their loft conversion. They immediately left the property and called the Brigade.

Watch manager Ben Midgley, who was at the scene, said: “When crews arrived, there was visible smoke coming from the roof of the property. Firefighters worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to bring the fire under control and stopped it spreading to neighbouring properties.

“Thankfully, because these residents had smoke alarms, they had a very lucky escape. As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen.”

The fire damaged the loft conversion in the property.

Fit smoke alarms and test them monthly

Homes need multiple smoke alarms. Fires can start in any room. Fit smoke alarms in your hallways and landings and in any room where you:

  • Smoke
  • Use candles, incense sticks or portable heaters
  • Leave electrical equipment on or on charge - such as satellite boxes, heaters, computers or mobile phones
  • Fit a heat alarm in your kitchen.

The Brigade was called at 2051 and the fire was under control at 2307. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Twickenham and Feltham fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.