Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:32 PM

Flat fire - near Euston station

04/04/2019 09:45
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after tealights are believed to have caused a fire at a three-storey block of flats on Cobourg Street near London Euston station.

Most of a ground floor flat was damaged by the fire. One woman left the flat before the Brigade arrived. She was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade's fire investigation team believe the cause of the fire was tealights, which fell from the surface they were on and caught light to clothing and bedding.

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

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

"We would also advise you to place them in a suitable fire resistant candleholder which won’t be knocked over, and make sure you put them out entirely when you leave the room and especially before bed.”

The Brigade was called at 0945 and the fire was under control by 1024. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Euston, Soho and Kentish Town fire stations attended.

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.

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