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Firefighters are warning smokers to always make sure they put out and dispose of their cigarettes carefully after a fire on Bronte Close in Forest Gate.
Part of the ground and first floor of a mid terraced house were damaged by fire. Half of the roof was also damaged and a shed at the rear of the property was destroyed. Four people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade's Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of cigarettes.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If you smoke it is vitally important you stub your cigarette right out, preferably in an ashtray.
“Always ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire.”
Firefighters' smoking safety tips
The Brigade was called at 0034 and the fire was under control by 0225. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Leytonstone, Stratford, East Ham and Ilford fire stations attended the scene.