Unattended Candle Blamed for Parsons Green Fire

Fire fighters tackle blaze on Whittingstall Road

Fire fighters tackle blaze on Whittingstall Road. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade investigators believe a tea-light candle was the cause of a fire that broke out in a studio flat in Parsons Green on Friday (30 July).

The fire started shortly before 7.42pm in the semi-detached house converted into flats on Whittingstall Road. Five people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

Half of a studio on the first floor was damaged by the fire which was under control in just under an hour. Fire crews from Wandsworth and Fulham fire stations attended the scene.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, "It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire. They should always be kept in a sturdy fire-resistant candleholder.
"You could consider swapping your traditional candles for safer, LED flameless ones.”

Candle safety tips from London Fire Brigade

• Keep candles/tea lights away from curtains, furniture and anything else that can catch fire.
• Always place your candles/tea lights in a suitable fire-resistant candleholder.
• Make sure the candleholder holds the candle/tea light firmly and is on a flat and stable surface to stop it falling over.
• Make sure you put out any candles, incense and oil burners when you leave the room and especially before bed.


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August 3, 2021