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Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from a house fire on Stratton Drive in Barking last night.
The ground floor of a two storey property was partly damaged by the blaze. Cooking left unattended is believed to be the cause of the fire.
Two fire engines and 10 firefighters and officers attended the scene and managed to contain the fire to the kitchen.
There was a smoke alarm fitted in the property, which alerted the occupier to call the Brigade. Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from the living room. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off.”
“There were smoke alarms in the flat that sounded. Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and the safest option is to have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.”
The Brigade was called at 2212 and the fire was under control by 2246. Fire crews from Ilford fire station attended the scene.