Two men were taken to hospital yesterday morning after escaping a flat fire that “completely destroyed” the flat on the second floor of a building.
One man managed to escape the building before the London Fire Brigade (LFB) arrived.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a fire escape hood to rescue another man, and lead him to safety down an internal staircase.
Both men were assessed at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Fire escape hoods provide up to 15 minutes protection from four of the main fire gasses – carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein – and can be worn by conscious or unconscious people.
If more than 15 minutes protection is required then another hood can be given to each wearer.
They do not provide oxygen but temporarily filter toxic smoke to make breathing easier.
The LFB said the fire was caused by an unattended candle.
A LFB spokesman said: “Candles, incense sticks and oil burners are one of the most common causes of fire.
“It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.
“You should also ensure they are in a heat-resistant holder and placed on a stable surface so they won’t be knocked over.”
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