Last updated: 01/10/2018, 1:14 PM

Flat fire - Streatham

30/09/2018 02:29
House or flat fire

Firefighters are reminding people to take care with candles after a fire at a flat on Brunswick Mews in Streatham.

A small part of a four roomed flat on the second floor of the three-storey block was damaged by the fire. One person left the property before the Brigade arrived. They were treated on the scene and taken to hospital for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade's fire investigation team believe the fire was accidental and was caused by tea lights catching furniture alight.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire.

"It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Top candle safety tips

  • Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire
  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit
  • Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder
  • Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over
  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets

The Brigade was called at 0229 and the fire was under control at 0340. Four fire crews and around 25 firefighters from Tooting and Brixton fire stations attended the scene.

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