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Firefighters issue warning after Orpington house fire

07/07/2016 20:11
House or flat fire

Firefighters are warning people not to leave their cooking unattended after a house fire in Orpington last night.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to Pinson Way after a blaze broke out in the kitchen.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire and the Brigade were called by a member of the public who heard the smoke alarm from the house.

Crews had to force entry into the home by smashing a window. The house sustained minor fire damage.

The cause of the fire is believed to be due to cooking left unattended.

Watch manager Tyrone Alexander said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off.

“Thankfully the smoke alarm alerted the member of the public and prompted the intervention of the Brigade.

“Our advice is to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is to have the alarms linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.”

The Brigade was called at 2011 and the fire was under control by 2039. Fire crews from Orpington and Sidcup fire stations attended the scene.