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Firefighters have issued a safety warning after an overloaded extension lead is believed to have caused a fire at a pub on Narrow Street in Limehouse.
A member of staff noticed the fire after hearing the fire alarm sounding and tacked the blaze using fire extinguishers.
When firefighters arrived there was a small area smouldering and fire crews damped down the area to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.
Part of the room on the second floor was damaged by fire and there was slight smoke damage on that floor. A woman was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Overloaded sockets are one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Some electrical appliances use more power than others, so be mindful of not overloading your extension leads. Power-hungry appliances such as kettles, toasters and microwaves shouldn't be on the same extension. It's also important to fully unwind drum extensions leads. If you leave them coiled, they can overheat and cause a fire.”
The Brigade was called at 1103 and the fire was under control by 1210. Fire crews from Poplar and Whitechapel fire stations attended the incident.