Firefighters are urging people to check they have working smoke alarms after they were called to a house of three floors on Uplands Park Road in Enfield yesterday evening. Thankfully all three occupants escaped uninjured before the Brigade arrived.
The fire is believed to have started in the first floor bedroom. The fire badly damaged the three storey property and there was a partial collapse of a ceiling.
The property had smoke alarms but all the batteries were disconnected.
A Brigade spokesperson said:
"Removing batteries from your smoke alarm is like playing Russian Roulette. No batteries means no detection and that could be the difference between life and death.
"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.
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers attended the blaze from Southgate, Enfield, Edmonton, Tottenham and Barnet fire stations. The Brigade was called at 1905 and the fire was under control by 2116. The cause of the fire is under investigation.