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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:20 PM

Family alerted to Ladywell flat fire thanks to smoke alarm

12/06/2017 12:20
Lewisham
House or flat fire

Two adults and a baby escaped a flat fire on Sandrock Road in Ladywell after being alerted to the blaze by their smoke alarm on Sunday (11 June).

Two fire engines and around ten firefighters from Greenwich and New Cross fire stations quickly dealt with the blaze which left part of the ground floor flat damaged. The man, woman and baby were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Watch Manager Keith Sanders who was at the scene said: “This incident proves just how important it is to have working smoke alarms installed in your home.

“Homes need multiple and linked smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.

“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.”

The Brigade was called at 1220 and the fire was under control by 1246.

The fire was accidental and is believed to have started in a dehumidifier