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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:18 PM

Maisonette fire - Bow

01/07/2018 13:27
Tower Hamlets
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after a candle is believed to have caused a fire at a maisonette in Beale Road, Bow.

Part of a five-roomed maisonette on the second and third floor was damaged by the fire. One woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by a candle.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire.

“This incident is a timely reminder about the importance of taking care when using candles.

“It’s really important you never leave them unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else which can easily catch fire.”

The Brigade was called at 1327 and the fire was under control at 1439. Fire crews from Bethnal Green, Homerton, Shadwell and Stratford fire stations attended the scene.

How to use candles and incense safely

  1. Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.
  2. These items should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over.
  3. Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair. 
  4. Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers. 
  5. Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath.
  6. To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets.
  7. LED candles can be a great alternative – they're safe even if you fall asleep or forget to blow them out.

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