Sprinklers save Poplar tower block residents from kitchen blaze

Sprinklers suppressed a kitchen fire in City Island Way, Poplar. Picture: Google

Sprinklers suppressed a kitchen fire in City Island Way, Poplar. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

An infant was rushed to hospital after an unattended chip pan led to a blaze in a block of flats.

Two women and four children got to safety as fire broke out in their fifteenth floor flat in City Island Way, Poplar.

A further 60 residents managed to escape the block when firefighters arrived at the scene at 7.23pm on Thursday.

Fire crews treated one infant and took them to hospital “as a precaution”, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

The sprinkler system in the kitchen had put out the flames before they could damage the flat.


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“We want to remind people to never leave a pan alone with the heat on – not even for a few seconds,” said LFB senior fire safety officer Neil Guyett.

“You should also never tackle the fire yourself, get out and call 999.”

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