Last updated: 04/05/2020, 9:41 AM

Fire at flat - Enfield

02/05/2020 03:29
House or flat fire

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a public house converted into flats on High Street in Enfield. 

Part of a three roomed flat on the ground floor was damaged by fire. Seven people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries. 

The Brigade's Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by candles which ignited insulation materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire.

“It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Firefighters' tips for safe candle use

  1. Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.
  2. These items should always be held firmly in heat-resistant holders and placed on a stable surface where they won’t be knocked over.
  3. Keep them away from materials that might catch fire – that's things like curtains, furniture, clothes and hair. 
  4. Be especially careful if you have a lot of flammable items in your home, like collections of books, magazines or papers. 
  5. Be aware that tea lights get very hot and without proper holders can melt through plastic surfaces like a TV or bath.
  6. To avoid accidents keep candles and other naked flames out of reach of children and pets.
  7. Swap your wax candles for 'flameless' candles, which are much safer.

The Brigade was called at 0329 and the fire was under control by 0420. Fire crews from Enfield and Edmonton fire stations attended the scene. 

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