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London Fire Brigade warning over heaters

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London Fire Brigade are warning people to be extra vigilant against fires breaking out as cold weather hits and firefighters take part in fresh strike action.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "As it gets colder, the temptation is to huddle closer to your heater but that could be a fatal mistake. Shockingly, over two thirds of fatal fires involving heaters are caused by clothing or furniture being too close. People need to make sure their portable heaters are standing upright and kept well away from clothes, curtains or furniture.

"Portable heaters should never be used to dry clothes or placed too close to bedding. This is even more important with the Fire Brigades Union set to strike."

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England will walk out for twenty four hours from 9am on Monday December 8, in response to a long running dispute over pensions.

Crews remain on site after house fire

Emergency crews at the scene of the blaze in Marylebone Credit: @iamcreatality

Fire crews spent more than four hours this morning working to bring a large fire at a terraced house in central London under control.

Station Manager Jim Morford who was at the scene said: "When they arrived firefighters were confronted with a large fire in a terraced town house and they worked hard through the night to stop it from spreading to neighbouring properties. Nine people were led to safety and the buildings on either side of the affected house were evacuated as a precaution."

London Fire Brigade was called at 1.27am and the fire was under control by 5.55am. Crews from Soho, Lambeth, Euston, Paddington, North Kensington, Kensington, West Hampstead, Kentish Town and Clapham fire stations attended the incident.

The brigade is likely to remain at the scene this morning damping down the fire and carrying out salvage work. The cause is not yet known and an investigation will be carried out.


Ladders used to tackle flames from above

Smoke from the fire rose high over London Credit: @iamcreatality

Nine people had to be evacuated from a house in central London, after a fire took hold in several floors of a five-storey building.

Ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters and officers went to the blaze in a terraced house on Wimpole Street in Marylebone, W1, during the early hours of this morning. Two turntable ladders were also used to help fight the flames from above.

The fire affected the second, third, fourth and fifth floors of the five storey building, as well as its roof. Of those helped to safety, three people were assessed by London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

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70 firefighters dealing with fire as nine people are evacuated

The London Fire Brigade has said that more than 70 firefighters are dealing with a "large" fire in Marylebone, central London.

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70 firefighters fight blaze as nine people are evacuated.70 firefighters fight blaze as nine people are evacuated. Credit: @iamcreatality

Video of life-saving fire door in a blaze released to warn homeowners

London Fire Brigade have released this video showing how well fire doors can protect people in a life-threatening blaze, in order to warn homeowners not to remove them as part of home improvements.

They are concerned that Londoners living in purpose built blocks or houses converted into flats could be replacing fire doors at the entrance to their properties with doors that don't meet the required safety standards.


London Fire Brigade warning over fire door removal

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London homeowners who remove or modify fire doors when renovating their property could be putting their lives at risk, London Fire Brigade warns.

In the last three years in London three people have died and 36 people have been injured in fires where fire doors have been replaced, left open or incorrectly fitted.

Fire safety doors - including the door frame, seals, letter box and any glazing - are specially designed to withstand fire for up to 30 minutes and are a legal requirement for flats which open onto communal areas shared with other tenants.

London Fire Brigade: Bermondsey fire now controlled

London Fire Brigade have said the fire at the home and leisure trade warehouse in Bermondsey is now under control.

Firefighters began tackling a fire which broke out at the back of a building on Surrey Quays Road shortly after 1.30pm this afternoon.

No injuries have been reported.

Part of a warehouse caught alight in Bermondsey fire

Part of a warehouse is alight and three gas cylinders have exploded in Bermondsey.

Fire crews have been tackling a fire which broke out at the back of a newspaper print works building on Surrey Quays Road shortly after 1.30pm this afternoon.

In another tweet onlooker Claire wrote: "Sirens everywhere there must be at least 10 fire engines, command trucks, ladders etc. it's utter chaos."

Firefighters tackle shop fire in south London

Eight fire engines and over 40 firefighters have been called to a shop fire on Surrey Quays Road in Bermondsey.

Surrey Quays Road has been shut off to vehicles and pedestrians between Redriff Road and Needleman Street.

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