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Firefighters have issued a reminder about the vital importance of smoke alarms after they were called to a studio flat fire on London Road in Croydon on Saturday morning. Thankfully no one was injured.
The resident alerted the Brigade after he returned home and discovered the fire on the second floor of the three storey building. The flat had no working smoke alarm fitted.
A Brigade spokesperson said: “There were no working smoke alarms in the property. Thankfully this man returned home and was able to raise the alarm but sadly that isn’t always the case.
"Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The bathroom was badly damaged by fire and the rest of the flat was damaged by smoke.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers attended the blaze from Norbury, Woodside and Croydon fire stations. The Brigade was called at 0952 and the incident was under control by 1047.