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Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after a discarded cigarette is believed to have caused a fire at a hostel in Bondway, Lambeth
Two fire engines and 10 firefighters and officers were called to the blaze which damaged half of the bedroom of a first floor flat. Around 35 people left the building before the Brigade arrived and there were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials which set light to bedding.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Incidents like this show how important it is to ensure that you always carefully dispose of cigarettes, matches and other smoking materials.
“Smoking materials that are accidently dropped or left to smoulder can cause serious fires.
“We’d rather you didn’t smoke at all, but if you do then there are some simple safety tips you can follow to keep safe, including smoking outside, never smoking in bed, not leaving cigarettes unattended and using proper ashtrays which can’t tip over.”
The Brigade was called at 2043 and the fire was under control at 2304. Fire crews from Lambeth attended the scene.
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