Last updated: 03/09/2019, 9:55 AM

Maisonette fire - Notting Hill

02/09/2019 16:42
Kensington and Chelsea
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a smoking safety reminder after a fire in a maisonette in Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters tackled the blaze, which is believed to have been caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials. 

Part of third and fourth floor maisonette was damaged by fire. A fourth floor balcony was badly damaged.

A woman left the property before the arrival of the Brigade. She was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from smoke inhalation.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you're a smoker it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

Safety advice for smokers

• Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted in every room you regularly use in your home including in the hallways.  
• Never smoke in bed. 
• Always ensure you stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully. 
• Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach. 
• Never leave lit cigarettes or cigars unattended. 
• Empty ashtrays carefully, ensuring all smoking materials are stubbed out and cold. 
• If you must smoke, do it outdoors.

The Brigade was called at 1642 and the fire was under control by 1819. Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Paddington and Hamersmith fire stations attended the incident.