Residents of a house in Twickenham had a "very lucky escape" after a smoke alarm in their loft detected a fire.
London Fire Brigade was called to Sixth Cross Road at 8.51pm on Tuesday (December 19) after the occupants of a house heard smoke alarms sounding, leading them to discover a fire in their loft conversion.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters from Twickenham and Feltham fire stations attended the scene and the fire was under control by 11.07pm.
Following the fire, the Brigade is reminding people about the importance of smoke alarms.
Watch manager Ben Midgley, who was at the scene, said: "When crews arrived there was visible smoke coming from the roof of the property.
"Firefighters worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to bring the fire under control and stopped it spreading to neighbouring properties.
"Thankfully, because these residents had smoke alarms, they had a very lucky escape.
"As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen."
London Fire Brigade says homes require multiple fire alarms in hallways, on landings and in any room where you may do the following:
- Use candles, incense sticks or portable heaters
- Leave electrical equipment on or on charge
The cause of the fire, which damaged the loft conversion, is under investigation.
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