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Last updated: 31/03/2020, 9:44 AM

Flat fire - Tooting

30/03/2020 16:34
Wandsworth
House or flat fire

Firefighters are warning smokers to ensure they always put out and dispose of their cigarettes carefully after a fire at a flat on Longley Road in Tooting.

Part of a three roomed flat on the top floor of the three-storey building was damaged by fire. Smoke alarms fitted within the flat sounded and raised the alarm, alerting the resident to the fire. Firefighters led one man to safety from the first floor landing via an internal staircase. He was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews and taken to hospital. 

The Brigade's Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Fires caused by smoking materials including cigarettes, roll-ups, cigars and pipes, result in more deaths than any other type of fire. Stub cigarettes out properly and always dispose of them carefully.

"Make sure smoking materials are cold before emptying ashtrays. Preferably wet stubs before throwing them into a bin.”

 Firefighters' smoking safety tips

  1. It's safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly.
  2. Never smoke in bed, and avoid smoking on arm chairs and sofas – especially if you think you might fall asleep.
  3. Take extra care when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs or if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
  4. Use proper ashtrays, which can’t tip over and stub cigarettes out properly.
  5. Don't balance cigars or cigarettes on the edge of an ashtray, or anything else – they can tip and fall as they burn away and cause a fire.
  6. Don’t leave lit pipes or cigarettes unattended. 
  7. Always empty ashtrays carefully. Make sure smoking materials are out, cold and preferably wet them before throwing into a bin – never use a wastepaper basket.
  8. Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach, and buy child resistant lighters.
  9. Never smoke if you use healthcare equipment like medical oxygen or an air flow pressure relief mattress. If you use paraffin-based emollient creams, ask for non-flammable alternatives instead. 
  10. Consider additional safety measures such as fire retardant bedding or nightwear.

 The Brigade was called at 1634 and the fire was under control by 1726. Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Tooting and Wimbledon fire stations attended the scene.

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