Firefighters tackled a fire at a flat above a shop on Snakes Lane East in Woodford Green, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The alarm was raised by the occupant of the flat on the second floor who was woken by the her smoke alarm sounding and discovered smoke in her kitchen. She left the property before the arrival of the Brigade and was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus located and extinguished the fire which was in a flat on the first floor. The property was left party damaged by the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a pan being left on the hob in the kitchen of the first floor flat.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off.
“Fortunately the alarm was raised by a smoke alarm sounding. Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and the safest option is to have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.”
Two fire engines from Woodford and Chingford fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 0021 and the fire was under control at 0111.