Flat Residents Warned After Albert Embankment Fire
Wednesday 18th June 2014
A flat has been left gutted after a fire on the Albert Embankment in Central London prompting London Fire Brigade to warn flat residents of the need to 'know the plan'.
Picture: London Fire Brigade
The fire started on the third floor of a twelve floor block of flats near Lambeth Bridge. The Brigade were called at 8.22pm at and the fire was under control an hour later.
Twenty one firefighters and officers attended the fire and nearly half of it was damaged in the blaze. Four engines attended the scene from Lambeth and Soho fire stations.
London Fire Brigade has since urged people living in high rise buildings and purpose built blocks to ensure they know what to do in the event of a fire.
"Around 12 people mainly from the floor affected evacuated the building," a Fire Brigade spokesperson commented.
"People in flats unaffected by fire and smoke were perfectly safe inside their flats and there were no injuries."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
LFB is now warning that although living in a flat is not more dangerous the fire plan will be different.
"If there is a fire elsewhere in the block but not inside your flat you’re usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you. If you leave your flat you could be rushing into choking smoke, the fire itself or firefighters using equipment to bring the fire under control in another part of the building."