Firefighters are warning people not to leave their cooking unattended following a flat fire on Brettenham Road in Edmonton last night.
Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a block of flats. Part of the kitchen of a flat on the second floor was damaged by the fire.
When firefighters arrived they had to force entry in the affected property, which was heavily logged with smoke. Crews wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire and rescued a woman from the bedroom. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service Crews.
The Brigade was called by a neighbour, who smelled smoke and heard the alarm sounding. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, probably due to cooking left unattended. A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade 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 neighbour 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 have the alarms linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The Brigade was called at 2105 and the fire was under control by 2200. Fire crews from Edmonton fire station attended the scene.