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Four adults, a child and a baby had a lucky escape from a fire caused by the battery from a radio controlled car, which failed whilst charging in a bedroom of a house in New Cross Gate, yesterday evening.
The occupants were extremely fortunate to escape uninjured from the property on Wild Goose Drive, as they had tried to tackle the fire themselves.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The occupants had an extremely lucky escape. They were alerted to the fire by the smell of burning and it was very fortunate they noticed it because the smoke alarms in their property had been removed from the base.Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in their home.
"It is also vital that you never try and tackle a fire yourself, as they can cause injuries as seen in this incident. Stay well away from the fire and always get out, stay out and call 999 right away.”
Most of the second floor bedroom was damaged by fire.
Two fire engines from New Cross and Deptford fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 2040 and the fire was under control at 2106.