In a recent incident on Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, five fire engines and 35 firefighters swiftly tackled a fire in an 11th-floor flat. A lit candle was left unattended. Learn valuable candle safety tips from the London Fire Brigade to prevent such incidents in your home.

22 January 2024

In a prompt response to a fire at a block of flats on Green Dragon Lane in Brentford, the London Fire Brigade dispatched five fire engines and approximately 35 firefighters. The incident, which occurred on the eleventh floor of a 21-storey building, resulted in damage to a small part of a flat. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, thanks to vigilant occupants of a neighbouring flat who promptly called emergency services upon hearing a triggered smoke alarm.

Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, attributed to a lit candle left unattended within the flat. Emphasising the importance of candle safety, a spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade urged caution, stating, "Keep candles well away from any objects that can catch fire and away from pets and children."

The spokesperson further recommended considering battery-powered, flameless LED candles as a safer alternative, highlighting their longevity and cost-effectiveness. 

The incident, reported at 21:26, was swiftly brought under control by 22:00, with fire crews from Richmond, Heston, Southall, and Fulham stations in attendance.

As a reminder, essential candle safety tips:

  • Ensure candles, incense, and oil burners are extinguished before leaving a room or going to bed.
  • Place these items in heat-resistant holders on stable surfaces.
  • Keep them away from materials that can catch fire, such as curtains, furniture, clothes, and hair.
  • Exercise caution with tea lights, as they can become very hot and may melt through plastic surfaces.
  • Consider using LED candles for a safer alternative, especially if there's a chance of falling asleep without blowing them out.

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