Firefighters have issued a smoking safety warning after a carelessly discarded cigarette is believe to have caused a fire at a shop with flats above in Broughton Place, Walthamstow.
Part of flats on the first floor, second floor and third floor were damaged by the fire. A woman was rescued from the first floor balcony by crews wearing breathing apparatus who used a ladder to bring her to safety. One man was led to safety from the fourth floor by firefighters.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was due to the unsafe disposal of smoking material, such as cigarettes.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “We would rather people didn’t smoke at all but if they do, vaping is a safer option.
"If you do choose to smoke cigarettes, it is absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.
"If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life."
The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 19 calls to the fire.
The Brigade was called at 1852 and the fire was under control at 2028. Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers from Walthamstow, Tottenham, Leytonstone and Edmonton fire stations attended the scene.