A family-of-four had a lucky escape after a fire broke out at their flat - which had NO working fire alarms.
Two adults and two children managed to leave their home in Park Lodge Avenue, West Drayton , after being awoken in the early hours of Friday (November 17).
The fire was discovered when one of the occupants of the affected flat woke up to a crackling noise.
A further 50 people left the block of flats before firefighters got to the scene, after they were called at around 4.15am.
The incident 'could have had a very different outcome'
Station manager Frank McCarthy, who was at the scene, said: “There were no working smoke alarms in the property and the occupants of the flat were very lucky that they were alerted to the fire, as this incident could have had a very different outcome.
“Homes need multiple and linked smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered.
"Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.
“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.
"They should be linked together and tested regularly."
Part of the flat on the second floor of the building was damaged by fire and thankfully, there were no injuries.
It took London Fire Brigade just over an hour to tackle the blaze and declared the scene "under control" at 5.37am.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
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