Leytonstone News

40 firefighters tackle Leytonstone house blaze

Part of a house’s basement was completely destroyed by the fire which happened yesterday evening

Colworth Road, Credit: London Fire Brigade

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire in the basement of a terraced house on Colworth Road in Leytonstone yesterday evening.

According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), one woman and one man left before fire engines arrived. The LFB was called at 9.23pm and the incident was reportedly over by 10.22pm. Fire crews from Leytonstone, Walthamstow, Woodford, Plaistow and Stoke Newington fire stations were in attendance.

The cause of the fire is believed to be due to a fault in a fridge freezer. 

Sub officer Nicholas Matthews, who was at the scene, said: “Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and extinguished the fire. Thankfully the residents had a working smoke alarm which alerted them to the fire. As a result no injuries are reported.

“This incident is a reminder of just how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your property. Smoke alarms give the earliest possible warning when a fire starts. We encourage everyone to have smoke alarms fitted in every room where a fire could start, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. It’s important to test them regularly.”