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London Fire Brigade has revealed some of the strangest requests it had received in a bid to cut down on the number of non-emergency calls.
London Fire Brigade has revealed its strangest callouts, as new figures show the number of animal rescues in the capital has fallen by half
London Fire Brigade has confirmed a fire at an eight-storey block of flats this afternoon is under control, although officers will be at the scene for some time.
The fire took hold on the fourth floor and six people from the floor above had to be rescued by firefighters. Fifteen were treated for smoke inhalation. Station Manager George Delmar said:
– Station Manager George Delmar
“Firefighters worked really hard to prevent this fire from spreading and managed to keep it confined to the flat where the blaze broke out. Thankfully the flat was unoccupied at the time but there was a lot of smoke logging in the building and crews rescued six people from the floor above.”
The cause of the fire is unknown.
The signs to spot cannabis farming include:
- Strong and sickly sweet smell
- Large amounts of growing equipment
- Constant covered or blocked off windows
- Visitors at unsociable hours
- Strong and constant lighting day and night
- High levels of heat and condensation
- Constant buzz of ventilation
- Lots of cables
Source: London Fire Brigade
– Dave Brown, London Fire Brigade
Cannabis factory fires can be severe due the way criminals use unsafe wiring to illegally obtain electricity in order to grow the plants.
They're often in top floors or lofts which means when a fire takes hold it spreads, destroying roofs and damaging neighbouring buildings.
Firefighters can also be exposed to risks when dealing with the fires due to dodgy wiring and booby traps at some of the properties.
It's important that people know the key signs and inform the police so that they can act swiftly to prevent these dangerous fires.
London has seen a jump in the number of house fires because of the sharp increase in the homegrown cannabis industry.
London Fire Brigade says cannabis-related fires have more than doubled in the last two years.
Last year there was one fire a fortnight in a building being used to cultivate cannabis. That's more than double the number of blazes seen in 2010/11.
The figures also show that 25 of the 27 fires last year were in residential properties posing a significant risk to homes next door.
The gym fire on Fetter Lane in the City is now under control. Crews are still at the scene & are ventilating the basement.
A blaze affecting part of a gymnasium in east London is being tackled by eight fire engines, the London Fire Brigade said. The cause of the fire on Fetter Lane in the City, in still unknown.
We're tackling a fire affecting a gym on Fetter Lane in the City. Part of a sauna is alight. 8 fire engines and 58 firefighters on scene.
Fetter Lane update: the fire is in a sub-basement and crews are working in smoky conditions to bring it under control http://t.co/P7TZnS97r2
Firefighters across the capital have once again walked off the job as part of national strikes over changes to pension schemes.
The action comes in response to government plans to increase the retirement age of firefighters to 60.
– Fire Minister Brandon Lewis
This strike action by the FBU is completely unnecessary and does nothing but damage the good reputation firefighters have with the public.
London Fire Brigade said it received 124 x 999 calls during the strike period, and contingency crews attended 17 incidents in the capital, including the large fire at a Dagenham scrap metal yard.
– London Fire Brigade spokesperson
A recall notice was issued to crews due to the scale and seriousness of the Dagenham fire, which was ongoing as the strike started.
The FBU immediately advised firefighters that they did not agree that the protocol could be invoked and to ignore it.
Emergency cover was provided from 13 strategic locations by 27 fire engines and around 200 Emergency Fire Contingency Crew staff.