Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a flat on Burritt Road in Kingston.
Around half of the kitchen and living room were destroyed by fire. A small part of the balcony at the rear of the third floor flat was also damaged in the blaze. A man left the property before the Brigade arrived.
It’s believed the fire started in the kitchen.
Watch Manager Mike Barker was at the scene, he said: “Thankfully, the man woke up and he was able to call us. It’s really easy to forget about pots and pans simmering away, especially in the evening, so this is a timely reminder to never leave your cooking unattended.
“The fire started in the kitchen and created a lot of thick black smoke which can be very dangerous. We recommend heat alarms which are designed for use in the kitchen and go off when a certain temperature is reached.
“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop, except kitchens or bathrooms where heat alarms are more appropriate.”
The Brigade was called at 0047 and the incident was under control by 0150. Fire crews from New Malden, Surbiton and Kingston fire stations attended the scene.