Around 20 firefighters tackled a house fire on Hythe Close in Edmonton, in the early hours of this morning.
An elderly man was rescued from the property via the front door by a neighbour before the arrival of the Brigade. He was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from shock.
The fire affected a terraced house of two floors and most of the first floor was damaged by fire.
Fire investigators believe the fire was caused by candles left unattended.
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 curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”
The Brigade's top tips when using candles are:
• 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.
Four fire engines from Edmonton and Tottenham fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 0118 and the fire was under control at 0242.
For more fire safety information: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/UsingCandles.asp