Hornsey fire: Three rescued after Birkbeck Road flats fire ‘caused by unattended candles’

Firefighters rescue a woman from a second floor flat after a fire on Birkbeck Road, Hornsey. Picture

Firefighters rescue a woman from a second floor flat after a fire on Birkbeck Road, Hornsey. Picture: @LondonFire - Credit: Archant

Wednesday evening saw firefighters forced to rescue three people from the upper floors of a Hornsey block of flats after an unattended candle sparked a blaze.

Birkbeck Road flats, Hornsey. Picture: Google

Birkbeck Road flats, Hornsey. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

The fire, in a second floor flat on Birkbeck Road, is believed to have started when the candles set bedding alight.

One man escaped from the flat in question uninjured, with a total of 30 people fleeing the block themselves.

A woman living on the second floor had to be rescued from a window by the fire brigade, and two others were rescued using an internal staircase.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 9.02pm, and it was under control shortly before 11.


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Hornsey station manager Gary Wilson said: “Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”

One woman and a child were taken to hospital by the ambulance service as a precaution.

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Were you affected by the blaze? Call the newsdesk on 020 7433 0120 or contact Sam.Volpe@Archant.co.uk.

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