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Last updated: 30/11/2018, 9:42 AM

Cigarette warning after Woolwich flat fire

29/11/2018 23:27
Newham
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a smoking safety reminder after a fire at a flat on Station Way, Woolwich.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from the third floor flat. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade's fire investigation team believe the fire was accidental and due to the unsafe disposal of a cigarette.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "We would rather people didn’t smoke at all but if they do, vaping is a safer option.

"If you do choose to smoke cigarettes, it is 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.

A small part of the flat was damaged by fire.

The Brigade was called at 2327 and the fire was under control at 0013. Fire crews from Plumstead fire station attended the scene.