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Make sure you dispose of your barbecue safely was the warning after a fire on Ifield Road, Kensington in the early hours of this morning.
The fire was believed to be caused by a disposable barbecue that had been left directly on timber decking. The occupiers were not at home at the time of the fire and it was discovered by a neighbour who saw smoke coming from the roof.
London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“It appears that a resident had been using the barbecue on the roof and was left on the timber decking which caught alight.
“It is really important that people don’t use barbecues on balconies or on top of tower blocks as you could be putting the lives of the residents inside the building at risk. Always make sure barbecues are completely cool before leaving them unattended.”
The Brigade was called at 0138 and the fire was under control by 0228. Fire crews from Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington and Battersea fire stations attended the incident.