Discarded Cigarette Blamed for Airedale Avenue Fire

Man taken to hospital after being rescued by firefighters

Three fire engines attended the incident. Picture: London Fire Brigade

A man is in hospital after being rescued from a burning flat in Airedale Avenue in Chiswick this Saturday (12 March).

The fire was discovered when a neighbour in a first-floor flat found smoke in their kitchen. The Fire Brigade was called at 12.57pm and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus retrieved the man from a bathroom inside the flat.

Part of a three-roomed flat on the ground floor of a converted semi-detached house was damaged by fire which firefighters had under control by 2.13pm.

Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Hammersmith, Chiswick and Richmond fire stations attended the scene.

The fire is believed to have been caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials and the Fire Brigade have issued a smoking safety reminder.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “We'd rather you didn't smoke at all, but if you are a smoker it's absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you've finished smoking it.

"If you don't, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home but also cost you your life."

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March 16, 2022