Fish tank filter to blame for Thamesmead care home fire that saw 30 evacuated

PUBLISHED: 11:27 10 December 2018

Firefighters were called to the care home in Central Way on Sunday. Photo: LFB

Firefighters were called to the care home in Central Way on Sunday. Photo: LFB


A faulty filtation system in a fish tank is believed to have caused a fire at a care home in Thamesmead on Sunday (December 9).

A London Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at the care home on Central Way at 2pm.

Part of a three-roomed flat on the second floor was damaged by the fire.

Crews evacuated around 20 residents and 10 staff as a precaution.

There were no reports of any injuries.

TFire crews from Plumstead, Erith and East Greenwich fire stations attended the scene and had the fire under control by 3.18pm.

The brigade’s fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and confirmed a fish tank’s filtration system as the likely cause.

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