Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:25 PM

Firefighters issue cooking safety reminder after fire at a shop with flats above - Finchley

23/07/2019 15:38
Fire at commercial property

Firefighters are reminding Londoners to not leave their cooking unattended after a fire at a shop with flats above in Hendon Lane in Finchley.

Half of a ground floor and kitchen was damaged by fire. One man was rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus from a first floor flat.

The fire investigation team believe the fire was caused by unattended cooking.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

“Although there was a smoke alarm that sounded, we would like to remind the public to never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the room or the house, turn the heat off. “


The Brigade’s top kitchen safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking unattended, even for a moment
  • Always make sure the cooker is switched off once you’ve finished using it 
  • Keep your oven, hob and grill clean and free from grease – a build up can be a fire hazard 
  • Don’t store things like cookbooks or teatowels close to the hob as they can easily catch fire 
  • Avoid cooking if you’ve been drinking alcohol 
  • Never fill a pan more than a third full with oil 
  • Dry chips before putting them in oil 
  • Never throw water onto hot oil or fat 
  • If a fire does break out you should turn the heat off if it’s safe to do so but don’t try to tackle the fire by yourself. Get everyone out of the house and call 999 immediately


The Brigade was called at 1538 and the fire was under control at 1633. Fire crews from Finchley, Northolt and Hendon fire stations attended the scene.