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Firefighters are praising the quick reactions of a resident when a fire broke out at a maisonette in Leytonstone and are reminding Londoners to get out, stay out and call 999 if a fire breaks out inside your home.
Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters were called to a fire on Langthorne Road, Leytonstone. The resident was alerted to the fire by the smell of burning and immediately left the property and called the Brigade. Their quick reactions meant that any injuries were prevented.
In around 57% of all injuries that occurred as a result of a fire in 2019, there was a delay in calling 999. Senior Operations Manager, Adam Crinion, said: “In the very early stages of an emergency incident, the number of calls our control officers receive can impact on the number of fire engines initially sent to a scene. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can send fire engines to an incident.”
In the event of a fire inside your flat:
A small part of the kitchen inside a four roomed maisonette was damaged by the fire.
The Brigade was called at 1902 and the fire was under control by 1928. Fire crews from Leytonstone, Stratford, Leyton and Homerton fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and involved a faulty toaster.
If you are concerned about fire safety or need advice on planning an escape route, book a free home fire safety visit www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/book-a-home-fire-safety-visit/