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Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters and officers were called to a house fire on Newmarsh Road in Thamesmead last night.
Half of the ground floor in the two floored semi-detached house was damaged by fire.
A smoke alarm in the property alerted six residents to the fire prompting them to call the Brigade and leave before fire crews arrived on the scene. Fortunately there were no reported injuries.
Watch Manager Steve McKeown who was the scene and said:
“On arrival it was a well developed fire with flames coming out of the back of the house on the ground floor.
“Crews worked extremely hard to stop the fire spreading to the neighbouring property. One of the occupiers shut the kitchen door before leaving the house which certainly helped to contain the fire to one room. It’s always a good idea to close internal doors, as in the event of a fire this can help protect property from further damage.
“Yet again smoke alarms alerted the residents who then dialled 999. Everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home and test them regularly. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The Brigade was called at 2059 and the incident was under control by 2142. Fire crews from Plumstead and East Greenwich fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.