Four hospitalised after Christmas Day flat fire

Katherine Johnston (31 December, 2020)

A dozen calls were made to 999

41444Barons Place in Southwark

 

Four people were hospitalised after a fire broke out in a block of flats Christmas Day.

Forty firefighters arrived at the block of flats in Barons Place, near Waterloo, just before 2am on December 25 after operators received a dozen calls reporting the fire.

Four people, who had left the Peabody building before the brigade arrived, were taken to hospital by paramedics.

A further four people were helped to safety by crews from Lambeth, Dockhead, Dowgate and Soho.

Half of a four-roomed flat was damaged by the blaze; brought under control by 3.32am. The cause is now under investigation.

Station officer Adam Hills, who was at the scene, said: “On arrival there was quite a lot of smoke in the area and the fire had broken out of the front and back of the building. 

“This incident shows just how important it is to have working smoke alarms. When crews arrived, smoke alarms fitted inside the property were sounding, giving the residents the earliest possible warning to the fire.

“You should have working smoke alarms in every room where a fire can start, for example any room where appliances are plugged in, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen and the bathroom. They should be tested regularly.”

 

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