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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:18 PM

Bonfire warning after Catford garden blaze

28/05/2017 17:00
Lewisham
House or flat fire

Firefighters are warning residents to take care with bonfires after a blaze on Brownhill Road in Catford yesterday afternoon.

The bonfire, which was started in the rear garden of a two storey house, went out of control, damaged the garden and spread to a neighbouring garden and two sheds. One woman was treated on the scene by London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

Never leave a bonfire unattended

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you are having a bonfire never leave it unattended and consider your neighbours when you do decide to have a fire in your garden.

“You should make sure you build it well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges and never use flammable liquids to start it or burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans. You should also always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire.”

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Forest Hill, Lewisham, Eltham and Deptford fire stations attended the incident.

The Brigade was called at 1700 and the fire was under control at 1806.

Shed fire

Our bonfire safety tips

  • Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire