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Firefighters have issued a safety warning after an iron which was left on is believed to have caused a fire in Movers Lane, Barking.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to the fire at a first floor flat above a shop.
Part of the living room was damaged by fire and the rest of the first floor was damaged by smoke. One man was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the blaze was accidental and was started by an iron which had been left on and caught light to some hanging items of clothing which were close by.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Many fires that start in the home are caused by electrical items accidentally being left on.
“It’s so important to remember to switch equipment such as irons, hair-straighteners and portable heaters off as soon as you leave the room.
“Also make sure there is nothing flammable such as clothing or bedding nearby.”
The Brigade was called at 1509 and the fire was under control at 1546. Fire crews Orpington, East Ham and Ilford fire stations attended the scene.