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Abbey Wood – flat fire

01/05/2016 22:35
House or flat fire

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled a flat fire on Hartslock Drive in Abbey Wood last night.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to the blaze in residential block of flats of twelve floors.

Part of a flat on the first floor was damaged by the fire. The fire is believed to have been caused by a halogen heater.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said:

“Shockingly, over two thirds of fatal fires involving heaters are caused by clothing or furniture being too close. People need to make sure their portable heaters are standing upright and kept well away from clothes, curtains or furniture.”

A woman left the property before the arrival of the Brigade. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade was called at 2235 and the fire was under control by 2337. Fire crews from Plumstead, Erith and Bexley fire stations attended the scene.