Firefighters are urging Londoners to never leave electric heaters unattended after one placed too close to clothing caused a fire at a flat on Stanley Road, South Harrow.
The residents of the flat returned home and heard their smoke alarm sounding. When they opened the front door, they discovered smoke, left the building and immediately called 999.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believed the fire was caused after clothing, which was placed too close to a halogen heater, caught alight.
A small part of a third floor flat was damage by fire.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you use an electric heater this winter, never leave it unattended. It’s really important to ensure they are placed well away from clothes, duvets and other items that can catch fire if they get too close.“
The Brigade was called at 1556 and the fire was under control at 1711. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Northolt, Harrow and Wembley fire stations attended the scene.