Last updated: 18/05/2020, 11:38 AM

Flat fire - Bethnal Green

18/05/2020 05:00
Tower Hamlets
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued candle safety advice after a fire at a warehouse converted into flats on Hollybush Gardens in Bethnal Green.

Part of a studio flat on the first floor of the four-storey building was damaged by the fire. Around 20 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 an unattended candle.

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

"We recommend you swap your candles for flameless, LED candles. They are safer as you can leave them unattended and you don't have to worry about them being knocked over or falling asleep while they are on.

"If you do continue to use traditional candles, make sure you follow our tips to use them safely."

The Brigade was called at 0500 and the fire was under control by 0602. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Shadwell fire stations were at the scene.

How to use candles and incense safely 

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

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