Two people were lucky to escape unharmed after a fire broke out in their kitchen as they tried to tackle the fire before leaving the property.
An investigation into the fire showed that some material had fallen onto the gas hob which caught fire. A man tried to extinguish the fire himself, but had to leave the property due to the smoke. A woman also left the property before arrival of the crews, and thankfully both were uninjured.
A neighbour alerted the Brigade to the fire, which damaged part of the ground floor of the two storey mid-terrace house.
Station Manager John Ryan, who was at the scene said:
“Leave firefighting to the professionals, never tackle them yourself but Get Out, Stay Out and dial 999. It’s also important to ensure materials like tea towels, napkins and clothing are kept well away from cookers and naked flames like gas hobs as they can catch fire very quickly and can easily spread to other surfaces.”
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers tackled the fire last night at the house in Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green.
The Brigade was called at 1741 and the fire was under control at 2141. Fire crews from North Kensington, Paddington, Kentish Town and Kensington fire stations attended the incident.