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Person taken to hospital following flat fire in Chadwell Heath

The London Fire Brigade were called to Somerville Road at 13:26 (Pic-Google Maps)

A person has been taken to hospital after a flat was destroyed by a fire in Chadwell Heath. 

Firefighters were called to reports of a first floor flat in flames on Somerville Road yesterday afternoon. 

Once they arrived they rescued a man and a woman from the flat via a ladder. 

One of them was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service as a precaution.

Another man was able to escape the building before they arrived. 

The Brigade were called just before 13:30 and had it under control in just under an hour. 

Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Dagenham and Ilford fire stations were at the scene.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “We’d rather you didn’t smoke at all, but if you are a smoker, it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

They have also reissued the following Safety advice for smokers:

• It’s safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly.
• Never smoke in bed and avoid smoking on armchairs and sofas – especially if you think you might fall asleep.
• Take extra care when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs or if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
• Use proper ashtrays, which can’t tip over and stub cigarettes out properly.
• Always empty ashtrays carefully.
• Make sure smoking materials are out, cold and preferably wet them before throwing into a bin – never use a wastepaper basket.

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