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Dagenham house fire started accidentally while cooking

One woman was taken to hospital (Credit: LFB)

A house fire in Dagenham is believed to have been started accidentally while someone was cooking. 

Around 25 firefighters and four fire engines were called to the blaze in Bonham Road at 10.55pm on Saturday, 12 February. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from the first floor of the building. 

SHe was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. 

Part of the ground floor of the mid-terraced house was damaged by the fire. 

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued cooking safety tips to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

“Don’t leave cooking unattended on the hob or grill – if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat,” said a spokesperson for the LFB.

“Have a heat alarm fitted in your kitchen. Fitting a heat alarm in your kitchen will give you warning of an increase in temperature caused by a fire but will not be set off by cooking fumes.

“Not feeling 100 per cent? Order a takeaway – if you’re very tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that might make you drowsy, it’s safer not to risk it.

“Be fabric aware – loose clothing can easily catch fire, so take care not to lean over a hot hob, and always keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.

“Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you’ve finished cooking.

“Check toasters are clean and not placed under kitchen cabinets or close to anything that can catch fire.”

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