London Fire Brigade

Firefighters save Edmonton family’s Christmas after oven fire

25 December 2015

Firefighters came to the rescue of a Edmonton family whose oven caught fire just as they started cooking their Christmas dinner, this afternoon.

Crews from Edmonton and Tottenham fire station were called to an oven alight at a house on Park Avenue in Edmonton, N18.

Watch Manager Adam Baker who was at the scene, said: “The oven fire was already out when we arrived. The turkey had only been in the oven for an hour, we saw the table was laid out with all the crackers and asked ‘Do you know anyone else nearby or have any neighbours that could cook the turkey for you?’ but they said no.’

“We were cooking our turkey back at the station so we offered to take theirs and put it in our oven and told them they could come and collect it in a few hours.”

The fire is believed to have been caused by a lack of maintenance and a build up of fat in the oven.

Watch Manager Baker added: “We took the oven out and it had caught fire to the shelf it was sat on. It’s very lucky they smelt the smoke whilst they were cooking, as there was no working smoke alarms in the property.

“Firefighters have fitted smoke alarms where needed and given essential fire safety advice. It is crucial that everyone has at least one working smoke alarm. If you haven’t got one, treat yourself this Christmas and get one now.”

The Brigade was called at 1219 and the fire was under control at 1236.