Blaze started in accommodation block for NHS staff
London Fire Brigade has issued a warning after a tealight candle set fire to a flat on Claybrook Road near Charing Cross Hospital.
The blaze started at around 9.05pm this Friday (8 January) on the fourth floor of a 16 storey tower that is mainly used as accommodation for NHS staff.
Around 35 firefighters from Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Wandsworth fire stations attended the incident and had the fire under control in just over an hour. The Brigade's 999 Control Officers took 40 calls to the fire.
The flat was badly damaged but there are no reports of any injuries.
Fire investigators believe the fire was caused by items coming into contact with a tealight candle.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, "Candles are one of the most common causes of fire.
"It's really important you never leave a candle unattended and always keep them away from anything else which can easily catch fire."
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