Five adults and a child were rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus from a fire at a block of flats on Alliance Close in Wembley, early this morning.
Crews led a man to safety from one property, he was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation. Four adults and a child were helped to safety from another flat.
A man from a third property left the building before the arrival of the Brigade. He was assessed and taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a candle 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.
For more fire safety information: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/UsingCandles.asp
Two fire engines from Wembley fire station attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 0301 and the fire was under control at 0358.