Badly Installed Log Burner Blamed for Fulham Fire

House on Stephendale Road seriously damaged by blaze

Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade believe a badly installed log burner may have been responsible for a fire that broke out in Fulham this week.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to the blaze on Stephendale Road in Fulham last Thursday evening (18 March).

Part of the ground and first floors of the mid-terraced house were damaged by fire. The Brigade was called at 10.02pm and had the incident under control in just over two hours. Fire crews from Wandsworth, Fulham, Battersea and Chelsea fire stations attended the scene.

One person left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

Leading Firefighter John McGirr, who was at the scene, said, “The fire started in a chimney flue at ground floor level and spread upwards into the ceiling void.

“Crews used thermal imaging cameras to identify where the fire had spread to and used cutting equipment to gain access behind wardrobes in a first-floor bedroom.

“There was a lot of smoke in the bedroom and crews worked incredibly hard at a particularly challenging incident to bring the fire under control.”

The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by radiating heat from a log burner that was not safely installed.

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March 22, 2021