Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:26 PM

Flat fire prompts candle safety reminder from firefighters

10/06/2019 17:22
House or flat fire

Firefighters are issuing a candle safety reminder after a candle left unattended is believed to be the cause of a fire at a flat on Watling Gardens in Kilburn.

Around six fire engines and 40 firefighters tackled a fire in a five-roomed flat on the fourth floor. Part of a kitchen was damaged by fire and the remainder of the flat suffered smoke and heat damage. .

Thirty people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade. There were no reports of any injuries.

Fire investigators believe a candle left unattended in a kitchen to be the cause of the fire.

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.”

Top candle safety tips

  • Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.
  • Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit.
  • Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder.
  • Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.
  • Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.

The Brigade was called at 1722 and the fire was under control by 1830. Fire crews from West Hampstead, Willesden, Paddington and North Kensington fire stations attended the incident.