Firefighters have warned people to never leave their cooking unattended after a chip pan fire left a block of converted flats on Wembley Park Drive, Wembley uninhabitable yesterday evening.
Fire investigators believe that a chip pan was cause of a fire that damaged all of a second floor flat and it’s roof. 11 people evacuated the building and neighbouring properties and the Brigade was alerted when a neighbour spotted smoke coming from the flat
Watch Manager Pete Clark said: “While we don’t know the exact circumstances of the fire, incidents like this one clearly show how quickly cooking fires can spread and why it’s vital that you never leave a chip pan on the heat unattended. Thankfully, residents in neighbouring flats reported hearing a smoke alarm and so they had an early warning of the danger and were able to evacuate and call us.
"I would urge everyone to ensure their home as a number of working smoke alarms. As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. They should be linked together and tested regularly.
“We attend around seven fires a day caused by cooking with over 60 per cent of all household fires start in the kitchen which is why it’s also important to never leave cooking unattended. These residents had a lucky escape.”
Four fire engines from Wembley, Park Royal and Willesden fire stations attended the incident. The Brigade was called at 0029 and the fire was under control at 0236.