A flat fire reminds us of the dangers of smoking, firefighters say


Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident which, according to London Fire Brigade investigators, was caused by smoking materials.

A fire at a playhouse in Stockwell was a reminder of the dangers of smoking amidst this year’s Stoptober.

Part of the 16th floor of the five-room two-level maisonette on Lingham Street was damaged by a blaze which London Fire Brigade fire investigators said was caused by smoking materials.

The brigade was called at 12:09 am and brought the fire under control at 12:58 am. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Brixton, Lambeth, Peckham, Clapham and Tooting fire stations attended the scene.

A woman left the building before the brigade arrived and was treated on site by teams from the London Ambulance Service after inhaling smoke.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Department said: “Quitting smoking can not only prevent fires, but the health benefits are endless.

“We would prefer you not to smoke at all, but if you are a smoker it is absolutely essential to make sure your cigarette is completely extinguished when you are done smoking.

“If you don’t, you risk starting a fire that could not only destroy properties but also cost you your life.”

Safety tips for smokers include:

  • Make sure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly.
  • Never smoke in bed and avoid smoking on armchairs and sofas, especially if you think you might fall asleep.
  • Use suitable ashtrays, which cannot tip over and crush cigarettes properly.
  • Always empty ashtrays with care. Make sure smoking items are outside, cold, and preferably wet, before you throw them away in the trash – never use a wastebasket.