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Chelsea - firefighters rescue woman from flat fire

18/02/2018 08:57
Kensington and Chelsea
House or flat fire

Two fire engines and 10 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a flat in Draycott Place, Chelsea this morning.

There was no fire damage but firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from a first floor flat.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been caused by cooking left unattended.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

“It’s believed the fire was caused by cooking left unattended. If you are cooking and you have to leave the room, turn the heat off before you do.”

The flat was fitted with a smoke alarm that alerted a neighbour, who called the Brigade.

The Brigade was called at 0857 and the fire was under control at 0926. Fire crews from Kensington and Fulham fire station attended the scene.

How to prevent cooking fires

• Avoid leaving cooking unattended
• Don't cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
• Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
• Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build-up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire
• Use spark devices to light gas cookers - they are much safer than matches or lighters as they don't have a naked flame
• Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking
• Check toasters are clean and placed away from anything that can catch fire
• Never put anything metal in the microwave
• Never use a barbecue indoors or on a balcony - burning or smouldering fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning
• Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach

If a pan catches fire

• Don't tackle the fire yourself and don't attempt to move the pan
• Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball
• Turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so
• Leave the room, close the door, shout a warning to others and call 999

Cooking safety