Firefighters rescued a couple from a severe maisonette blaze on Giffin Street, Deptford in the early hours of the morning. The fire badly damaged the maisonette split over the second and third floor.
It is believed that the fire started on a wooden balcony and is believed to be caused by a careless disposed cigarette. It then spread into the maisonette and trapped the residents inside.
Greenwich Watch Manger Gary Deacon said:
“When crews arrived they were faced with a intense fire which was very visible and two people were hanging from a bedroom window. Firefighter quickly tackled the fire and rescued the man and woman via an internal staircase. They were both suffering from smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews. A further man and woman from the fifth floor were also led to safety. Around 40 people left the block before the Brigade arrived.”
London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Smoking vastly increases the risk of having a fire in your home. If you are a smoker it is absolutely vital that you make sure your cigarette is completely out when you have finished 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.”
The Brigade was called at 0109 and the fire was under control by 0208. Fire crews from Greenwich, Deptford, Lewisham and New Cross fire stations were at the scene.