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Woodford Green house fire: Woman treated for smoke inhalation as almost half ground floor is destroyed

PUBLISHED: 09:54 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 29 August 2018

Firefighters were called to a house fire in West Grove, Woodford Green. Photo: Ken Mears

Firefighters were called to a house fire in West Grove, Woodford Green. Photo: Ken Mears

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A woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a blaze tore through almost half of the ground floor of a Woodford Green house.

Firefighters were called to a fire in West Grove, in Woodford Green. Photo: Ken MearsFirefighters were called to a fire in West Grove, in Woodford Green. Photo: Ken Mears

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a two-storey terraced home in West Grove at 3.25am on August 29.

An elderly resident was alerted to the fire by the sounding of smoke alarms.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Woodford, Chingford, Hainault and Waltham Forest fire stations attended the scene and brought the fire under control by 4.04am.

One woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Watch Manager Jim Tumini, who was at the scene, said: “This incident serves as a reminder of how important it is to have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home.

“The fire started in the kitchen and smoke alarms in the hallway and elsewhere in the house activated and alerted the resident.

“She discovered the fire, got out, called us and also alerted her neighbours. She did everything she should have done and fortunately got out before the smoke became quite thick.

“We know what the worst case scenario can be and without smoke alarms, this could have been a very different story.

“Smoke alarms give the earliest possible warning when a fire starts and we would urge everyone to make sure they have one fitted in every room where a fire can start except kitchens or bathrooms where heat alarms are more appropriate.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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