London Fire Brigade

Candle fire guts family home

21 January 2011

A house on Hanson Close in West Drayton in Hillingdon was gutted last weekend following a serious house fire caused by candles. Following the fire, London Fire Brigade is warning people about the dangers posed by candles and tealights.

Blue Watch Manager Glen Corrigan, from Hayes Fire Station, who was in charge of the incident said: “When we arrived on the scene the flames were already shooting out of the doors and windows. It was a very serious fire and the whole of the ground floor and most of the first floor was alight when we got there.”

There were three adults and two children in the house when the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday 16 January. At first fire crews were concerned that the family was still inside the house, but soon realised they had managed to escape before they arrived on the scene. Watch Manager Corrigan said: “The fire seems to have been caused by a tealight which had been left alight in the living room. It was unbelievable how quickly the fire spread and how much damage it caused. The whole house was gutted, the stairs had completely burnt through and the living room was reduced to ash.”

“I’d like to urge people never to leave candles unattended. I can’t stress enough how dangerous it is to leave candles lit when you go to bed or leave the house. It was a miracle no one was hurt or even killed in this fire.”

The Brigade is raising awareness of vital fire safety information in order to try and prevent further fire disasters from happening in the future. Their top fire safety tips are as follows:

- Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and check them regularly. The family involved in this fire would have been alerted to the fire sooner had they had a working smoke alarm.
- Plan and practice an escape route so that you know to escape from your home quickly in a fire.
- If there is a fire in your home – get out, stay out and call 999 – don’t try to tackle the fire yourself.


Notes to editors

Fire safety
You can get more home fire safety advice from the Your Safety section of the Brigade's website. You can also find London Fire Brigade on Facebook and @LondonFire on Twitter.

About the fire

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters tackled a blaze in a two storey house on Hanson Close in West Drayton, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Both floors of the house were badly damaged by fire.

The Brigade was called at 0142 and the fire was under control at 0300. Fire crews from Hayes, Heathrow, Hillingdon and Feltham stations were at the scene.