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Man saved from flat fire in Romford

Three fire engines and 15 firefighters were called to Regarth Avenue this morning (Credit: Google)

Firefighters have saved a man from a burning building in Romford. 

Crews were called to a blaze at a ground floor flat in a converted semi-detached house in Regarth Avenue at around 8.45am today. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus led one man to safety. Paramedics treated him for smoke inhalation at the scene. 

The fire was brought under control by around 9.45am. It is believed to have been started accidentally by someone who was cooking. 

“Fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home,” said a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade. 

“Cooking should never be left unattended on the hob or grill – if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat.”

The London Fire Brigade has also issued the following cooking safety tips: 

  • 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


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