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Firefighters were called to a fire after cooking was left unattended at a flat on Albert Road in South Norwood last night.
When fire crews entered the flat they found a fire in the hallway as the saucepan had been moved there. Thankfully there was a small amount of damage to the property. A man was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.
Around 30 people evacuated the block before the Brigade arrived.
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.
“There were smoke alarms in the flat that sounded. 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. If you haven’t got any buy some this Easter.”
The Brigade was called at 1921 and the fire was under control by 1956. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Woodside, Beckenham, Croydon fire stations attended the incident.