Incense stick causes ferocious house fire in Kilburn

The fire swept through the property in Stafford Road (Pic: Twitter@muathtawfiq)

The fire swept through the property in Stafford Road (Pic: Twitter@muathtawfiq) - Credit: Archant

An unattended incense stick is believed to have started a ferocious fire which ripped through a house in Kilburn last night.

Luckily no one was injured in the blaze which quickly spread to the roof due to all the window being open at the first floor property in Stafford Road.

A woman and a man escaped before fire crews arrived as did two adults and a child who lived in a neighbouring property.

A total of six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers from North Kensington, West Hampstead, Kensington, Willesden, Fulham and Hammersmith stations tackled the blaze after arriving at the scene at 9.50am.

The fire was under control just after 11.30pm.

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A short video clip of the fire was filmed by a resident who uploaded it to social media website Twitter.

Early investigations show that the fire could have been caused by the incense stick being left too close to bedding.

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Issuing a warning, a London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Clothing, fabric, and hair should be kept well away from burning incense sticks, as they have hot embers that can cause fires.

“It is important to check that all candles, tea lights, incense or joss sticks are fully extinguished before you leave the room or go to bed.”

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