Woodford Green woman rescued after trying to put out a fire on her own

PUBLISHED: 18:50 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:59 14 August 2018

Four fire engines were sent to Woodford Green.  Picture: Mike Brooke

Four fire engines were sent to Woodford Green. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

A woman suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns today after she tried to tackle a maisonette fire on her own in Woodford Green.

Twenty-five firefighters were called to Navestock Crescent at 3.39am to reports of a blaze on Tuesday, August 14.

Woodford Watch Manager Graeme O’Hara, who was at the scene, said: “The good news is that the property was fitted with smoke alarms that alerted the two women and two children, who promptly left the property and called 999.

“One of the women decided to go back into the flat to tackle the fire and was quickly overwhelmed, but thankfully firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued her. She was then treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

“Our message is simple: get out and stay out, call 999!”

Most of the maisonette on the second and third floor was damaged by fire.

The Brigade had the fire under control by 4.47am

Four fire engines from Woodford, Chingford and Walthamstow fire stations attended.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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