Firefighters are urging people who find a fire in their homes to “get out and stay out” after a woman experienced smoke inhalation while trying to rescue her dog from a blaze in her flat in Bromley.
The occupant was out when the fire, which took place on Whitefoot Lane last week, started – but when she returned she went inside to rescue her dog.
When she came out with the dog, the fire brigade was called and they discovered a chip pan alight in the kitchen.
The women suffered smoke inhalation, but the dog was not harmed.
Mark Hazelton, the Brigade’s group manager for community safety, said: “It’s natural to want to rescue your pets but even a relatively small fire can create a lot of smoke, and people must realise how quickly they can be overcome.
“When a fire starts in your home, your priority must be to get out, stay out and call 999.
“If you want to use a chip pan, never leave the pan alone, even for a few seconds, as the hot oil could catch fire,” he added.
(Photo: London Fire Brigade)