Firefighters are reminding Londoners to take care when using candles after a fire at a flat in Ladbroke Grove.
A small part of a living room in a first floor flat on Shrewsbury Street was damaged by fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued one man from the first floor. He were treated on scene after suffering from smoke inhalation.
The Brigade's fire investigators believe the cause of the fire involved candles.
Firefighters tips for candle safety:
- Swap candles for battery-operated lights, using flameless candles means you won't have to worry about knocking them over or leaving them unattended
- Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room, especially before bed
- Never leave used matches (or other items) in, or on, a candle after lighting it. It could produce two flames and cause the candle to burn in a dangerous way
- Metal holders that come with tea light candles are not suitable candle holders. Always place tea light candles in non-combustible holders on a steady surface
- Keep areas clutter free- large amounts of combustible materials, like paper, can catch fire easily and cause fires to spread quickly
- Don't place candles, incense sticks or oil burners near materials that can easily catch fire, like curtains or carpets. Also, keep candles away from strong drafts e.g. open doors or windows
- Keep candles away from children and pets
The Brigade was called at 0957 and the fire was under control by 1345. Three fire engines and around 20 firefighters from North Kensington and Hammersmith fire stations attended the scene.