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Firefighters are urging people to ensure cookers and hobs are fully turned off after being used following a fire at a flat in Covent Garden
Part of the flat, in King Street, was damaged by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade were called after a cleaner in a flat below smelled burning and spotted smoke. A smoke alarm in the building also sounded.
The Brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and due to an electric hob being left on and igniting nearby food packaging.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Thankfully no one was injured in this fire but forgetting to turn off the hob after cooking could have devastating consequences.
“We would urge people to always check that the cooker is turned off when you’ve finished using it and to make sure you never store items which could catch alight, such as food packaging, near to the cooker.”
The Brigade was called at 1302 and the fire was under control by 1350. Fire crews from Soho, Lambeth and Dowgate fire stations attended the scene.