A tea light candle igniting clothing is believed to be the cause of a flat fire on Edensor Gardens in Chiswick.
Part of the room on the third floor was damaged by the blaze. A mother and a son left the scene before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the common causes of house fires so it is very important you reduce any risk of a fire starting by putting out candles before sleeping and not leaving them unattended.”
How to use candles and incense safely
- Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed
- These items should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over
- Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair
- Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers
- Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath
- To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets
The Brigade was called at 2111 and the fire was under control by 2201. Fire crews from Chiswick, Hammersmith and Acton fire stations attended the incident.