Last updated: 27/07/2018, 11:01 AM

Flat fire - Beckton

26/07/2018 12:17
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a smoking safety reminder after a fire at a block of flats on Shackleton Way in Beckton.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters attended the blaze. 

Part of a five roomed flat on the top floor of the eight floored block of flats was damaged by fire. The fire also damaged the flat's balcony and spread to the balcony of the flat below on the seventh floor. 

Around 45 residents evacuated the building before the Brigade arrived. No injuries are reported.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you're a smoker it’s 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.”

Safety advice for smokers

• Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted in every room you regularly use in your home including in the hallways.  
• Never smoke in bed. 
• Always ensure you stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully. 
• Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach. 
• Never leave lit cigarettes or cigars unattended. 
• Empty ashtrays carefully, ensuring all smoking materials are stubbed out and cold. 
• If you must smoke, do it outdoors.

The Brigade was called at 1217 and the fire was under control by 1322. Fire crews from Barking, Walthamstow, Stratford, Ilford and surrounding fire stations attended the incident.