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Firefighters are concerned that smoke alarms are not being fitted following a house blaze on Odessa Road in Forest Gate. Fire crews found that there was no working smoke alarms in the affected two storey home and there were none installed in their of the houses either side.
Part of the ground floor was damaged by fire. Two men left the property before the Brigade arrived. They were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
Once the fire was under control, firefighters installed smoke alarms in the neighbouring properties and another crew will install smoke alarms in the affected home at a later date.
Leytonstone Crew Manager Josh Fisher said:
"This incident shows just how important it is to have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home.
“Smoke alarms give the earliest possible warning when a fire starts and we would urge everyone to make sure they have one fitted in every room where a fire can start except kitchens or bathrooms where heat alarms are more appropriate.”
The Brigade was called at 2229 and the fire was under control by 2314. Firefighters from Leytonstone, Stratford, Plaistow and Ilford fire stations. The cause of the fire is under investigation.