Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after a fire in a flat was believed to have been caused by items stacked on top of a storage heater.
Half of a first floor flat on Boundary Road in South Hampstead was damaged by the blaze. Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade’s fire investigation team believe the fire was caused by a storage heater which switched on overnight and set light to items stacked on top, including clothing.
Leading Firefighter Mark McManus, who was at the scene, said: “At this time of year as the weather is turning colder, people will be using heaters to keep warm.
“This is a timely reminder to make sure you take care if you are using heaters this winter.
“You should keep them well away from clothes, curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
“It’s also important to sit at least a metre away from a heater as it could set light to your clothes or hair.”
The Brigade was called at 0339 and the fire was under control by 0422. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from West Hampstead and Paddington fire stations attended.