Firefighters are today urging people to get out, stay out and call 999 if a fire breaks out in their home after a woman suffered smoke inhalation while trying to rescue her pet dog from a blaze
The fire at a flat in Whitefoot Lane, Bromley, on December 5 was noticed after a friend of the occupant heard a smoke alarm sounding as they passed the property.
The friend contacted the occupant and she returned home, going into the building to rescue her pet dog from inside. It was only after exiting the property with the dog that the Brigade was called.
Firefighters discovered a chip pan alight in the kitchen and extinguished the blaze. Part of a kitchen in the ground floor flat was damaged by fire.
One woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service. Thankfully the dog was not harmed by the blaze.
Mark Hazelton, the Brigade's group manager for community safety, said: “It’s natural to want to rescue your pets but even a relatively small fire can create a lot of smoke, and people must realise how quickly they can be overcome.
“When a fire starts in your home, your priority must be to get out, stay out and call 999.”
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to cooking left unattended.
Group manager Hazelton added: “If you want to use a chip pan, never leave the pan alone, even for a few seconds, as the hot oil could catch fire."
We're particularly concerned about the use of traditional chip pans, which can be hazardous, especially when left unattended.
The Brigade was called at 1431 and the fire was under control at 1508. Fire crews from Bromley and Beckenham fire stations attended the scene.