Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:19 PM

Flat fire - Woolwich

05/05/2018 12:56
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after oil left unattended in a pan caused a fire in a block of flats in Samuel Street, Woolwich. 

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to the fire and part of a five-roomed flat on the 11th floor was damaged.

Fifty people were evacuated from the block and another man left the property before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was caused by unattended cooking, with the ignition source being cooking oil in a pan. 

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home.

"Cooking should never be left unattended on the hob or grill - if you have to leave the kitchen then turn off the heat.

"It's safer not to take the risk and cook if you're very tired or if you've been drinking alcohol or taking medication which might make you drowsy."

You can read more tips on our cooking safety page. 

The Brigade was called at 1256 and the fire was under control at 1426. Fire crews from East Greenwich, Plumstead, Eltham, Deptford and Lewisham fire stations attended.



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