Last updated: 20/11/2018, 2:15 PM

Electric heater warning after flat fire in Plumstead

19/11/2018 19:03
House or flat fire

Firefighters are reminding Londoners to never leave electric heaters unattended following a fire at a house conversion on Swingate Lane, Plumstead.

Brigade Fire Investigators believe the cause of the fire to be due to an electric heater falling over onto and starting a fire in the flooring or nearby furniture

Thankfully neighbours heard a bang, noticed the smoke and called 999.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you use an electric heater this winter, never leave it unattended. Old or faulty ones can spark or they can just tip over and then start a fire in the carpet, curtains or other nearby furniture.

“Thankfully, in this case, neighbours heard a bang and so the Brigade was called early enough to ensure the fire didn’t spread. Always turn off heaters and other unnecessary electrical goods when you leave the house. It’s also really important to ensure they are placed well away from clothes duvets and other items that can catch fire if they get too close.“

Top tips for using heaters safely:

  • Make sure heaters are well maintained and in good working order.
  • Don't take risks with old heaters – if it's electrical and getting older, get it tested by a qualified electrician or buy a new one.
  • Where appropriate, secure heaters against a wall to stop them falling over, or fit wall-mounted heaters.
  • Keep heaters well away from clothes, curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
  • Always sit at least one metre away from a heater as it could set light to your clothes or chair.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Plumstead, Erith, and Bexley fire stations attended the scene.

The Brigade was called at 1903 and the fire was under control at 2012.