A stray firework from a Diwali celebration is believed to have caused a fire at a pub on Tottenham Lane in Hornsey.
Remnants of fireworks are believed to have been smouldering on the flat roof of the pub all night and eventually set fire to the roof joists. The alarm was raised by a trader from a nearby business who saw smoke.
A London Fire Brigade's spokesperson said:
“Fireworks often streak off out of control and land in bushes and garden sheds and then smoulder unnoticed until it’s too late. The safest thing you can do is take your family to an organised display.
“If you choose to have your own display, never drink alcohol and set off fireworks, keep them in a closed metal box and only ever buy ones with the British standard kite mark.
“The trader who spotted the fire tried to put it out himself but realised it was too big so called the Brigade. While he was obviously trying to help, we would always urge people never to tackle a fire themselves and always call us as soon as possible."
Part of the pub's roof was damaged by fire.
The Brigade was called at 0751 and the fire was under control at 0828. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Hornsey and Tottenham fire stations attended the scene.