Last updated: 23/04/2020, 5:23 PM

Flat fire - Lambeth

23/04/2020 13:09
House or flat fire

Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters attended a fire at a flat in Kennington Road in Lambeth. 

Firefighters attended a cooking fire in a flat on the third floor of a twelve storey building. One man left before the Brigade arrived. 

The Brigade was called at 1309 and the fire was under control by 1410. Fire crews from Lambeth River, Dowgate and Soho fire stations attended the fire.

The cause of the fire was cooker alight.

Practical steps for safer cooking 

With bubbling pans, open flames and maybe a little one or a pet underfoot, kitchens are potentially dangerous places. Here are our top tips to reduce fire risks:

  1. Try not to leave cooking unattended on the hob or grill – if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat. 
  2. Not feeling 100%? Order a takeaway – if you're very tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that might make you drowsy, it's safer not to risk it. 
  3. Be fabric aware – loose clothing can easily catch fire, so take care not to lean over a hot hob, and always keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  4. Try to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood, extractor fan and grill clean – built up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.
  5. Use spark devices to light gas cookers – they are much safer than matches or lighters, as they don’t have a naked flame. They are safer around children, too.
  6. Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you’ve finished cooking – if you're forgetful (or someone you care for can be), why not take a photo if you have a smartphone? The action will remind you to double check every time. 
  7. Check toasters are clean and not placed under kitchen cabinets or close to anything that can catch fire.
  8. Never put anything metal in the microwave.

Always keep an eye on children and pets in the kitchen: don't leave them unsupervised; put matches away; and keep saucepan handles out of reach.