Firefighters have issued a candle safety warning after a fire at a flat in Columbine Avenue in South Croydon.
Part of a first floor flat was damaged by fire. The occupant of the property was not home at the time of the fire and the alarm was raised by a passer-by who saw smoke coming from the window.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a candle left unattended.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”
The Brigade was called at 1654 and the fire was under control at 1729. Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Croydon, Purley and Woodside fire stations attended the scene.