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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
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.