Couple rescued from Eltham flat blaze

PUBLISHED: 15:41 17 November 2010

Fire engine

Fire engine


A man and woman had to be rescued after their first floor flat caught fire in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters were called to a block of flats in Restons Crescent, Eltham, at 1.29am where the two occupants were treated for treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

The crews from Sidcup and Eltham fire stations wore breathing apparatus to reach them via an internal staircase. Watch manager at Eltham fire station James Matthews, who attended the incident, said: “Our fire crews worked really well and managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighbouring flats. We believe the fire started after some cooking was left unattended and caught fire.

“Our advice is never leave your cooking unattended and make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm in each home. Test it regularly as it can really save your life.”

A flat on the first floor was partly damaged and the fire was under control by 1.53am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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