Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters were called to a fire at a house on Richmond Road in Kingston.
External decking and part of an external outbuilding were damaged by the fire.
The Brigade was called at 0136 and the fire was under control by 0327. Fire crews from Kingston and Surbiton fire stations attended the scene.
The Brigade's fire investigation team believe the fire was caused by a disposable barbecue.
Barbecue safety tips
- Never use a BBQ – including disposables – indoors or on your balcony.
- Be careful where you position your BBQ – we suggest on level ground, well away from anything flammable like sheds, fences, trees or tents.
- Don't use petrol, paraffin or any flammable liquids on your BBQ – firelighters are a much safer option.
- Carefully supervise children – little ones can all too easily trip and fall, while older children might hurt themselves trying to help.
- Be pet-aware – dogs (and some cats!) love to snaffle sausages and can cause accidents getting under your feet. To be really safe, keep Fido indoors, or at least out of the immediate vicinity of the BBQ.