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The Brigade said it believes a fire in a Wood Green house this afternoon was caused by a candle.
Fire investigators believe the blaze in the Granville Road property started accidentally and began in a first floor bedroom.
An elderly woman escaped before firefighters arrived. She was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews as a precaution.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson warned people to take care if they were using candles:
He said: “Many people have candles in their homes but if they are not used safely they can be a huge fire risk. In this case we believe the fire was started by a candle too close to furnishings. The whole of the first floor and half of the roof was damaged. Luckily there were no serious injuries but this fire sends a clear message that you should never leave candles unattended and should always make sure that you keep them on a heat resistant surface and away from curtains, furniture or anything else that can catch fire.”
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Hornsey, Tottenham and Southgate fire station attended the scene.
The Brigade was called at 1517 and the fire was under control by 1636.