A smoke alarm sounding in a neighbouring flat quickly alerted residents to a blaze on Prince of Wales Drive in Battersea this morning.
The neighbour returned from shopping to hear his smoke alarm sounding. He searched his flat but couldn’t find the source and called the Brigade.
The fire was coming from the flat below on the third floor. Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the kitchen but there was smoke damage throughout.
A spokesperson for the Brigade said:
“Smoke alarms provide a vital early warning and buy you extra time to escape if there is a fire. It alerted the residents who were helped by 999 control officers before firefighters arrived.
“Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The Brigade was called at 0836 and the fire was under control by 0944. Fire crews from Battersea and Clapham fire stations attended the scene. The cause is believe to be accidental.