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.“
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.