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A man escaped a fire at a maisonette on Dryden Close in Hainault, this afternoon after his smoke alarm alerted him to the blaze.
The occupant who was asleep at the time of the fire, was woken by the smoke alarm sounding and was able to safely evacuate from the property. There were no reported injuries.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The smoke alarm did its job and warned the occupant that a fire had broken out. It is vital that you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it regularly, as it gives you early warning in the event of a fire in your home.”
The fire started in the kitchen, which was severely damaged by the blaze.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters from Woodford, Ilford, Hainault and Barking fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 1359 and the fire was under control at 1438. The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental.