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Firefighters are reminding smokers to be mindful of how they discard their cigarettes after a fire in Ryhope Road, Arnos Grove.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers attended the fire in a garage which had been converted into a workshop. It contained a large amount of paint and cleaning products.
The whole of the single-storey building was damaged by the fire, heat and smoke and a small amount of fire spread into one of the adjoining houses. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials into a waste bin.
Crew Manager Tony Janeway, who was at the scene, said: “The garage was very badly damaged by this fire and there was smoke damage to the house.
“Incidents like this show how important it is to ensure you always carefully dispose of cigarettes, matches and other smoking materials.
“When they are accidentally dropped or left to smoulder, they can cause serious fires.
“There are some simple safety tips you can follow to keep safe including not smoking inside, never smoking in bed, not leaving cigarettes unattended and using proper ashtrays which can’t tip over.”
The Brigade was called at 2209 and the fire was under control at 2344. Fire crews from Southgate, Finchley and Barnet fire stations attended the scene.
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