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Firefighters have issued a reminder about the importance of smoke alarms after a woman escaped a fire at a flat in Sidcup High Street, Sidcup.
Part of a four-roomed flat on the first floor was damaged by fire. One woman left the property before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The occupant of the flat was asleep when the fire started and it was the smoke alarm which alerted her and meant she was able to quickly leave the property.
“This fire highlights just how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your property. There could have been a very different outcome to this fire if there hadn't been any.
“Homes need multiple smoke alarms. Fires can start in any room so smoke alarms should be fitted in your hallways and landings and in any room where you smoke, use candles, incense sticks or portable heaters and leave electrical equipment on or on charge – such as satellite boxes, heaters, computers or mobile phones.”
The Brigade was called at 1858 and the fire was under control at 1951. Fire crews from Sidcup, Eltham and Orpington fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be a fault in a tumble dryer.