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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:21 PM

Shepherd's Bush - flat fire

05/10/2017 11:32
Hammersmith and Fulham
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a reminder about safely discarding cigarettes and other smoking materials after a fire in Richmond Way, Shepherd’s Bush.

The fire was on the ground floor of the four-storey mid-terraced house, which had been converted into three flats. The ground floor flat was slightly damaged.

It is believed the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “We'd rather you didn't smoke at all, but if you are a smoker, it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

Safety advice for smokers

• Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted in every room you regularly use in your home including in the hallways.  
• Never smoke in bed. 
• Always ensure you stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully. 
• Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach. 
• Never leave lit cigarettes or cigars unattended. 
• Empty ashtrays carefully, ensuring all smoking materials are stubbed out and cold. 
• If you must smoke, do it outdoors.

The Brigade was called at 1132 and the fire was under control at 0010. Fire crews from Hammersmith fire station attended.