Three people were rescued by firefighters from a house fire on Wilde Place in Wandsworth this morning.
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a three-storey mid-terraced house where part of the ground floor was damaged by the fire. Two women left the property before the Brigade arrived, after being alerted by smoke alarms. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a further two women and a teenage boy from the first floor of the house. Crews used fire escape hoods to protect the women and boy from the smoke within the house as they were brought out. All of the five residents were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital.
Fire escape hoods can be used by firefighters when trying to get someone through a smoke-filled area, they are worn over a person’s head and a tight seal prevents any smoke from getting in. The air comes into the hood via a filter, which removes the toxic gasses found in smoke and provides clean air for 15 minutes.
The Brigade’s Control Officers received nine calls about the fire.
The Brigade was called at 0445 and the fire was under control by 0603. Fire crews from Tooting, Battersea and Wandsworth fire stations attended the scene.
The Brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and most likely involved smoking materials.