Firefighters rescued a woman from a flat fire on Fielding Street in Walworth.
Part of a three-roomed flat on the second floor of the building was damaged by fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued one woman from the affected flat. She was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
Sub Officer Jonathan Birks, who was at the scene, said: “As we arrived at the scene, we saw smoke coming from a flat on the second floor of the block and upon gaining access, discovered a fire in the kitchen.
“Firefighters rescued a woman inside the flat via a communal staircase and worked quickly to bring the fire under control and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the property.”
The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by oils which caught alight in a pan.
The Brigade’s top kitchen safety tips:
• Don’t leave cooking unattended on the hob or grill – if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat.
• Not feeling 100%? Order a takeaway – if you're very tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that might make you drowsy, it's safer not to risk it.
• Try to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood, extractor fan and grill clean – built up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.
• Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you’ve finished cooking
• Don’t try to tackle the fire yourself and don’t try to move the pan
• Never throw water over a pan fire, as it could create a fireball
The Brigade was called at 1741 and the fire was under control by 1844. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Old Kent Road, Peckham and Lambeth fire stations attended the scene.