Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called in the early hours of this morning to a fire at a flat in Bath Street, Islington.
Half of a third-floor flat was damaged by fire. Firefighters rescued a woman from the property. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
The cause of the fire is believed to be a discarded cigarette coming into contact with bedding.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Smoking vastly increases the risk of having a fire in your home.
“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 are at risk of starting a fire that could destroy not only your home but your life and the lives of your loved ones.”
London Fire Brigade has issued the following advice for smokers:
The Brigade was called at 0258 and the fire was under control at 0430. Fire crews from Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Dowgate, and Islington fire stations attended the scene.