Joss Stick Causes Fire Near Shepherd's Bush Green

Three fire engines called to blaze on Aldine Street

House on Aldine Street set alight by joss stick
House on Aldine Street set alight by joss stick. Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade has reiterated its advice about smoke alarms and using incense in the home after a joss stick set fire to a house in Shepherd’s Bush this Sunday (23 May).

The blaze took hold shortly before 4pm at an end of terrace property on Aldine Street near the Green. Three fire engines and 15 fire fighters were called to the incident from Hammersmith, North Kensington and Acton fire stations and had the fire under control in around an hour.

A bedroom on the lower ground floor was damaged by fire but here were no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by an incense stick which was left alight and placed too close to combustible materials.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “This incident shows just how important it is to have working smoke alarms. The residents were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms sounding, giving them time to escape. They promptly left the property and called 999.

“You should have working smoke alarms in every room where a fire can start, for example any room where appliances are plugged in, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen.

“Incense sticks, candles and oil burners are one of the most common causes of fire within homes. It’s really important that you never leave these items unattended.

"Make sure you place incense sticks in a suitable, fire-resistant holder and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire. Remember to put them out entirely when you leave the room and especially before bed.”

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May 24, 2021