Firefighters rescued two people by using fire escape hoods after a maisonette fire on Dylways in East Dulwich.
Part of a ground floor of the semi-detached maisonette was damaged by fire. A man and woman were rescued from the first floor by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. Firefighters used fire escape hoods on both residents to lead them to safety. They were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews but were not taken to hospital.
Fire escape hoods provide members of the public with up to 15 minutes protection from four of the main fire gases (carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein) and can be worn by conscious or unconscious people. If more than 15 minutes protection is required then another hood can be given to each wearer. They do not provide oxygen but temporarily filter toxic smoke to make breathing easier.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by incense sticks.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles, incense sticks and oil burners are one of the most common causes of fire. It is really important that you never leave them unattended and keep them away from anything that could catch fire such as curtains, furniture or clothes. We advise to place these in a suitable fire resistant candleholder which won’t be knocked over, and make sure you put them out entirely when you leave the room and especially before bed.”
The Brigade was called at 2254 and the fire was under control by 2333. Two fire engines from Peckham and Brixton fire stations attended the scene.