Barbecue blamed for blaze on Limehouse roof terrace
PUBLISHED: 13:05 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05 03 September 2018
Firefighters blame a barbecue for starting a blaze on a Limehouse roof terrace.
Four fire engines and about 25 firefighters took 45 minutes to tackle the flames when crews were called to Ross Way shortly at 11.21pm yesterday (Sunday).
A disposable barbecue left on the terrace’s wooden decking caused the flames, investigators believe.
While no injuries were reported, London Fire Brigade has since urged the public caution when grilling outdoors.
“Disposable barbecues get extremely hot so it’s really dangerous to leave them on or near anything that could catch fire,” said watch manager Darren Barnett, who was in charge of the incident.
“Fortunately the damage at this fire wasn’t too extensive, but it could easily have been much worse, especially given the amount of wooden decking on the terrace.
“It’s important to make sure your barbecue is completely out when you’ve finished with it, and never leave it to smoulder as they stay hot for a long time.”