Firefighters are reminding people not to leave cooking unattended after a fire at a flat on Upper Brockley Road in New Cross.
Part of the kitchen of a ground floor flat was damaged by fire.
One woman was rescued by crews wearing breathing apparatus and she was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
The fire is believed to have been caused by cooking left unattended.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “You should never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off before you do.”
The Brigade was called at 1840 and the fire was under control by 1913. Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from New Cross and Greenwich fire stations attended the scene.
How to prevent cooking fires
- Avoid leaving cooking unattended
- Don't cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
- Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
- Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build-up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire
- Use spark devices to light gas cookers - they are much safer than matches or lighters as they don't have a naked flame
- Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking
- Check toasters are clean and placed away from anything that can catch fire
Never put anything metal in the microwave
- Never use a barbecue indoors or on a balcony - burning or smouldering fuel can cause carbon monoxide poisoning
- Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach
If a pan catches fire
- Don't tackle the fire yourself and don't attempt to move the pan
- Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball
- Turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so
- Leave the room, close the door, shout a warning to others and call 999