Islington’s fire chief issues warning after worst fire in a decade

Islington’s top fireman issued a safety warning today (Tuesday) in the wake of London’s worst house fire for a decade.

Rhys Powell, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Islington, gave the advice after a woman and five children were killed during a blaze in north west London on Saturday. A man and a 16-year-old girl were also seriously injured in the fire.

Now, LFB are urging residents to follow four steps to keep their families safe:

1 - Check your electrical appliances and if you notice anything strange, call an electrician and never overload plug sockets.

2 - Get a smoke alarm , fit it and check it regularly.

3 - Plan your escape, know how you would get out of your home in the event of a fire.

4 - Get out and stay out in the event of a fire. Call the fire brigade and do not attempt to tackle the flames yourself.

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Mr Powell said: “The events of Saturday morning were an absolute tragedy. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those who died and we will continue to do all we can to stop such fires happening.