20 firefighters tackled blaze which left family dog dead

Four fire engines and 20 firefighters tackled a blaze in a flat on All Saints Close in Lower Edmonton last night. The flat was full of thick black smoke, and crews in breathing apparatus tackled the blaze before finding a puppy dead in the living room.

Watch Manager Adam Baker, who was at the scene, said:

“We believe the fire was caused by a candle, which had been left in a plastic bowl on top of a plastic high chair, right next to the curtains and a large pile of dry clothes. The occupants then went out, leaving the candle burning."

“Candles are naked flames, and they need to be treated very carefully. Always put them on a heat resistant surface such as a ceramic plate, and blow them out when you leave the room.

This family has now lost their home and their puppy, and they’re very lucky that no one was hurt.”