5.7.2016 Fire fighters issue candle safety warning after house fire in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London


Fire fighters are issuing candle safety advice following a house fire on Hawksley Road in Stoke Newington early this morning.

A flat on the first floor of the three storey house was badly damaged by the blaze.  The fire also affected part of the second floor flat.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and caused by a candle left unattended overnight.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said:

"Candles are one of the most common causes of fire.  It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

Top candle safety tips

•          Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.  Keep loose clothing and hair away from candles/tea lights when they are lit. 

•          Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire resistant candleholder 

•          Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.

Four fire engines and 21 fire fighters and officers attended the scene.

Three people left the property before the arrival of the Brigade.  A woman was treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews, while a man and an elderly woman were taken to hospital.

Fire crews from Islington, Tottenham and Stoke Newington fire stations attended the scene. 

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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