Firefighters have issued a reminder about safely disposing of cigarettes and other smoking materials after a fire at a flat in Crawford Road in Camberwell.
The balcony of a second floor flat was destroyed in the fire. Two women were rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
The Brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a discarded cigarette in a plant pot.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "If you're 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."
The Brigade was called at 1241 and the fire was under control at 1259. Two fire engines and 10 firefighters and officers from Peckham and Brixton fire stations attended the scene.