Last updated: 11/02/2020, 1:15 PM

House fire - Greenford

07/02/2020 10:43
House or flat fire

Firefighters are reminding Londoners of the importance of closing doors to rooms when not in use following a fire in Greenford.

Around two fire engines and around 10 firefighters were called to a fire which started in the lean-to and spread to the kitchen of an end of terraced house on Greenford Road.

The kitchen door was kept shut, which prevented flames from spreading and saved the rest of the property from further damage, as well as protecting the escape route.

A woman was woken up by smoke alarms sounding and left the property before the Brigade arrived. She was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

"The kitchen door being closed made all the difference in this blaze as it greatly slowed down the spread of fire and smoke. This meant that after hearing the smoke alarms sounding the woman was able to get out without being trapped by fire, heat or smoke. Before you go to bed make sure all internal doors are closed. These little things can be hugely important if you have a fire in your home."

London Fire Brigade advise keeping this bedtime checklist in mind to help minimise the risk of a house fire:

  • Close all your internal doors to prevent smoke spreading if a fire starts
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on – like your fridge or freezer
  • Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on overnight and unattended
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of anything that may slow you down
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find them
  • If you or anyone else in the home has mobility issues, ensure mobility aids and methods of calling for help (like emergency pendants) are close to hand in case help is needed to assist with an escape

The Brigade was called at 1043 and the fire was under control by 1133. Fire crews from Southall fire station attended.

The fire is believed to have involved a tumble dryer. It has been taken away for further tests.