Blaze believed to have started due to unsafe use of candles
Picture: London Fire Brigade
May 3, 2023
A vintage clothes shop in Fulham was badly damaged by a fire which broke out in its basement this Tuesday morning (2 May).
Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to the blaze at Insight on Munster Road at 8.07am. Fire crews from Fulham, Hammersmith, Chelsea, Wandsworth and Kensington fire stations were in attendance.
Half of the shop storage area in the basement, the staircase leading from the basement to the ground floor, and the ground floor were destroyed by fire which it took less than an hour to get under control.
One woman left before the Brigade arrived and two other women and a child were assisted to safety from a first-floor balcony at the rear of the property via a short extension ladder. One woman was treated on scene for smoke inhalation. One woman and the child were taken to hospital.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area during the incident as Munster Road was closed between Wyfold Road and Mablethorpe Road.
The fire is being treated as accidental and is believed to have been caused by the unsafe use of candles.
Station Commander Gary Melia, who was at the scene, said: "Candles, incense sticks and oil burners 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 anything that can easily catch fire.
"You should also ensure they are in a heat-resistant holder and placed on a stable surface, so they won’t be knocked over."
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