A working smoke alarm alerted two women to a fire in their Avery Hill home. They both evacuated quickly and escaped injury.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers tackled the house fire on Restons Crescent, SE9 yesterday afternoon.
Part of the ground floor was damaged by the blaze. The fire is believed to have been caused by cooking that was left unattended.
London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Smoke alarms were the real heroes and alerted the residents to the fire and got them out safely. You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room, turn the heat off.
“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 Brigade was called at 1205 and the fire was under control by 1243. Fire crews from Eltham, Sidcup and Lee Green fire stations attended the scene.