Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after unattended cooking is believed to have caused a fire at a flat in Hepworth Gardens, Barking.
Two fire engines and 10 firefighters and officers were called to the fire in a ground floor flat. A small part of the kitchen was damaged by fire.
A man was rescued from the ground floor by crews wearing breathing apparatus. He was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was unattended cooking.
Firefighter Lisa MacLennan, who was at the scene, said: “It was a neighbour who raised the alarm to this fire as they heard the smoke alarm sounding and called us.
“This incident shows how important it is to have smoke alarms and is also a timely reminder for people to take care when cooking.
“A pot had been left on the hob and had boiled dry, so it was very smoke logged when we got there.
“You should never leave cooking unattended and if you do have to leave the room, make sure you turn the heat off.”
The Brigade was called at 1958 and the fire was under control at 2033. Fire crews from Ilford and Barking fire stations attended the scene.
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