Search

Carelessly discarded cigarette believed to have caused fire at block of flats in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 17:58 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:41 06 July 2018

No one was hurt in the blaze at Kinsham House. Pic: Twitter@Bassin_

No one was hurt in the blaze at Kinsham House. Pic: Twitter@Bassin_

Archant

A carelessly thrown away cigarette is thought to have been the cause of a fire at a block of flats in Bethnal Green on Wednesday.

Fire investigators said they think the cigarette ignited combustible materials stored on a fifth-floor balcony at Kinsham House in Ramsey Street.

Residents living in the 10-storey block were forced to flee their homes as the fire engulfed the fifth and sixth floor.

Crews from Whitechapel, Dowgate, Islington and Kentish Town fire stations fought the blaze which broke out just after 2.20pm.

It was put out just over an hour later.

Supermarket security guard Abdul Gulaid and family had to make their way through the smoke on the fifth floor when the fire broke out at the split level maisonette two doors from their home.

He said: “The smoke was bad. It was dark and thick.

“But everyone got out quickly.”

The blaze is the seventh fire in London which has been caused by smoking in under three weeks.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We would rather people didn’t smoke at all but if they do, vaping is a safer option.

“If you do choose to smoke cigarettes, it is absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

Related articles

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 12:19

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has announced a package of ‘tackling poverty innovation grants’ worth £200,000 for new programmes by community and voluntary groups in the borough.

Yesterday, 08:53

Commuters are facing severe delays on the Jubilee line this morning following a signal failure.

Yesterday, 07:57

A woman had her phone and cash stolen after being duped into letting someone into her home.

Tue, 16:58

A Bangla music festival has released details of its lineup.

Tue, 16:51

A man has been rushed to hospital after being rescued from a dock on the Isle of Dogs.

Tue, 15:05

Victoria Park has been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK.

Tue, 11:30

A ‘dangerous’ drug dealer who kept a loaded gun on top of a wardrobe has been jailed for eight years.

Tue, 07:00

The mayor of Tower Hamlets recognised people who’ve been trained to tackle discrimination.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now