Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after an electrical device left on charge is believed to have caused a fire in a flat on Ingrave Street, Battersea.
A resident called 999 after they saw smoke issuing from a tablet which was on charge in the living room. They initially attempted to tackle the fire themselves by covering the tablet with a blanket, before calling the Brigade.
Part of a four-roomed flat on the fourth floor of the block of flats was damaged by the blaze. Two people left the affected property before the Brigade arrived and a further 140 people safely left the block of flats. There were no reports of any injuries.
The Brigade’s 999 control room took 14 calls to the fire.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “In event of an emergency, you should always call 999 and don’t try to tackle the fire yourself.
"It is also very important not to leave items continuously on charge after the charge cycle is complete. You should also always make sure you unplug your chargers before going to bed.”
The Brigade was called at 2030 and the fire was under control by 2103. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Battersea, Chelsea, Wandsworth, Fulham, Tooting and Lambeth fire stations attended.