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Last updated: 01/04/2019, 1:04 PM

Flat fire - Islington

30/03/2019 22:23
Islington
House or flat fire

A tea-light candle left burning on a balcony is believed to be the cause of a fire at a block of flats on Packington Square in Islington.

A balcony was completely destroyed by fire and part of a flat on the fourth floor of a six storey block. All occupants evacuated the block of flats before the Brigade arrived. 

Crews rescued an unconscious cat called Crystal from the flat and gave her oxygen to resuscitate her.

At the height of the fire the Brigade's 999 control centre received 24 calls and there were six fire engines and around 40 firefighters at the scene.

London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

Candles and tea-lights 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 curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire."

The Brigade was called at 2223 and the fire was under control by 2322. Fire crews from Shoreditch, Euston, Holloway, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations were at the scene.