Blaze believed to have been caused by hob left unattended
The flat above a vacant shop was badly damaged. Picture: London Fire Brigade
May 30, 2023
London Fire Brigade (LFB) has reissued guidance about avoiding cooking fires after a flat on Greyhound Road was badly damaged this Sunday (28 May).
Investigators believe that the fire took hold in the four-roomed flat above a vacant shop unit at around 6.31pm apparently due to an electric hob being left unattended.
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Hammersmith, Chelsea, Fulham and Kensington fire stations attended the scene and they managed to get the fire under control by 7.58pm.
There were no reports of any injuries.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home.
"This incident is a timely reminder to make sure you never leave cooking unattended. If you do have to leave the room, turn off the heat."
LFB gives to following advice to prevent cooking fires:
• Avoid leaving cooking unattended
• Don't cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
• Take care not to lean over hot hobs and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
• Be careful to keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean to avoid a build-up of fat and grease, which could ignite and cause a fire
• Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking
• Supervise children and pets in the kitchen at all times and keep matches and saucepan handles out of reach
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