Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to a fire on Walpole Road in Tottenham, N17 yesterday evening.
The fire gutted a car workshop and seven vehicles and part of a tyre shop. A flat above the tyre shop was left smoke logged and around ten people left the flats before the Brigade arrived. One woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.
Station Manager Sean Madeley who was at the scene said: “The flat above the tyre shop which was left smoke logged by the fire had no smoke alarm fitted.
"It’s essential that you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home. They give you early warning if a fire does break out which can buy you crucial extra time in which to escape.”
The Brigade was called at 1914 and the fire was under control by 2105. Crews from Hornsey, Edmonton, Islington and Holloway fire stations attended the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.