Cigarette fire in Homerton sparks warning from brigade bosses

10 firefighters from Homerton tackled the blaze. Picture: @LondonFire

10 firefighters from Homerton tackled the blaze. Picture: @LondonFire - Credit: Archant

Two men had to be rescued from a flat after a carelessly discarded cigarette sent it up in flames.

Crews were called to the building in Homerton High Street just after 4am on Monday morning.

A studio flat on the second floor was damaged by the fire, and a flat on the third floor was engulfed with thick smoke.

The two men were led to safety down a staircase, one from the third floor flat and another from the roof.

They were both suffering from smoke inhalation and treated on the scene by medics.


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The person in the flat where the fire started escaped before the brigade arrived with no injuries. A further 15 people also evacuated the building before crews arrived.

The fire was started by a carelessly disposed of cigarettes.

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A London Fire Brigade spokesman said there were three fires a day in London linked to smoking and half of accidental fire deaths were down to cigarettes not being put out properly.

He said: “It’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire that could destroy not only your home, but also your life.”

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