Stamford Hill family in ‘remarkable’ escape after trying to extinguish house fire themselves

PUBLISHED: 10:56 11 January 2018

The house in Hillside Road. Picture: London Fire Brigade

The house in Hillside Road. Picture: London Fire Brigade


A family had a “remarkable” escape from a fire in their Stamford Hill home after trying to tackle it themselves with a garden hose.

The house in Hillside Road had no smoke alarms fitted and the blaze, which started in a large freezer, spread quickly from the ground floor up to the first floor.

Four adults and a child were in the property when one of them heard a bang in the dining room and saw the chest freezer in flames.

They then tried to extinguish it before alerting the others and leaving through the front door. Three were forced to climb out of a first-floor window to escape and another left via the back door.

The brigade’s investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by the failure of a capacitor in a chest freezer.

Watch manager Dean Wilkinson said: “This family had a remarkable and lucky escape. As the property didn’t have smoke alarms, the blaze had really caught hold before anyone noticed.

“Trying to tackle the fire themselves also allowed the fire to develop and delay their escape from the property. Don’t rely on luck - your home should have a minimum of a smoke alarm on every level of your property and you should never try and tackle a fire yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.

“Firefighters were faced with a fully developed fire when they arrived at the scene with the ground and first floors well alight. Crews worked extremely hard in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control and stopped it from spreading to neighbouring properties.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Lean but fruitful third record from the leftfield pop merchants.

The South Korean is playing like a superstar right now - the Spurs crowd were on their feet every time he touched the ball on Saturday

The one-time West Ham United winger discusses the need for back-up in all areas of the pitch


Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is set to sign for Everton in a deal understood to be worth around £20 million.

These four puppies were found dumped in a box and abandoned in Victoria Park, shivering from the cold.


The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week, we stepped inside the HQ of Erjjio – the London Fields start-up that makes “green” websites. Confused? Read on.

FA Women’s Super League 2: Millwall Lionesses 4 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1

Julia Olofsson and her team at Blade Hairclub have come up with an innovative concept that mixes hair cuts with cocktails.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists