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London Fire Brigade is asking smokers to take extra care after a house fire on Kingswood Lane in Warlingham CR6 last night.
The fire, which is believed to have been started by a cigarette discarded in the garden, damaged the second floor of two semi detached houses. Thankfully there were no injuries.
The Brigade was called at 2222 and the fire was under control at 0043. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Purley, Addington and Croydon fire stations attended the incident.
Reminding smokers to take extra care a London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“If you are a smoker it is vital that you take extra care Last year around three fires a day in London were linked to smoking and half of accidental fire deaths were related to careless disposal of cigarettes.
"It’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”