Firefighters have issued a candle safety warning after a fire at a house converted into flats in Wellesley Road in Ilford.
An occupant of the property was alerted to the fire after they woke up to a smoke alarm sounding in their flat. They noticed flames in the conservatory and alerted other occupants to the fire before leaving the property and calling 999.
The conservatory was destroyed by fire and one bedroom received slight damage. Eight adults and three children left the property before the arrival of the Brigade.
The Brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was called by a candle left unattended in the conservatory.
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 anything else that can easily catch fire.”
The Brigade was called at 0310 and the fire was under control at 0429. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Ilford, Stratford and Barking fire stations attended the scene.