London Fire Brigade ‘unusually busy’ with high number of weekend calls

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Ondon Fire Brigade (LFB) had an “exceptionally busy” weekend, taking twice as many calls as usual and dealing with a number of major weather-related incidents across the capital.

Over 1,337 calls were handled by 999 control officers on Sunday, while 964 calls were received on Saturday.

On an average, LFB usually makes around 450 calls a day.

Britain is experiencing a heatwave on Tuesday with Kingsby in Lincolnshire hitting a record breaking 40.3 degrees Celsius.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in the east London village of Wennington last week (Yui Mok/PA) / PA Wire

The fire service saw its busiest day since the Second World War as a result of the extreme temperatures, with 2,670 calls and 1,146 incidents attended.

An LFB spokesman said: “The weekend was exceptionally busy with firefighters attending a number of major weather events across London.

“Although temperatures have dropped, grasslands will still be extremely dry.

“We don’t want people to be complacent and that means avoiding barbecuing in parks and open spaces, making sure cigarettes are disposed of properly and litter and glass are cleaned because They can amplify the sun and cause fire.”

The LFB said there was a fire in Wanstead on Sunday caused by a disposable barbecue and a fire in East Ham on Thursday caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials. .

Firefighters also shared cooking safety tips after a house fire on The Drive in Ilford was believed to be accidental and caused by cooking.

An LFB spokesman said: “The kitchen is more prone to fire than any other room in the house.

“It’s really important that you don’t leave cooking unattended and never leave clothes, such as tea towels, near the cooker or hob, as they can catch fire very easily and the flames can spread quickly. .

A burnt-out car after a fire in the village of Wennington, east London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

“Remember, if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the heat.”

On Sunday, the brigade said it was dealing with major events in Enfield, Hayes and Thamesmead and was asking people to cancel all planned barbecues, remove litter, particularly glass and cigarettes from lawns properly. Urged to dispose of.

On Monday morning, four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled the blaze in Church Road in Isleworth, west London.

Around 15 people were evacuated as a precaution and one person was taken to hospital as part of a four-room flat on the third floor of the building was gutted by the fire.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were also at the blaze at the house in Mortlake Road, Ilford.

Due to the fire, the entire ground floor of a terraced house was gutted and half of the first floor was also destroyed by fire.

Two children were taken to safety before firefighters arrived, while another man and a teenager also left the building before the brigade arrived and were taken to hospital.

On Monday morning, he released information about the incidents that firefighters dealt with over the weekend, including a grass fire.

Police warned people to avoid Wanstead Flats in Epping Forest, north-east London, on Sunday due to “heavy smoke” coming from “thunder-dry” grasslands (London Fire Brigade/PA) / PA Media

They tackled a flat fire in Willcott Road in Acton, a house fire in Coronation Road in Plaistow, a house fire in Stockwell Park Road in Brixton and a fire in Junction Road in Islington. .

On Friday, four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled a blaze at a bungalow in Shepherd’s Close, Chadwell Heath.

A garden range and about 10 meters of garden fence were destroyed by fire.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, temperatures in the southeast of England reached 29 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Images of the blackened ground were tweeted by the fire service after a 20 hectare enfield grass fire at Reme Marsh was brought under control.

Around 70 firefighters were sent to a grass fire in Cranford Park, Hayes, where around five hectares of grass and underbrush burned and smoke spread across west London.

Meanwhile, thick smoke could be seen billowing into the air at Thomas Mead as fire engines, fireboats and around 65 firefighters tackled a grass fire in Defense Close.

A total of 16 homes were gutted in last Tuesday’s huge blaze in Wennington, east London, and fire crews struggled to save a nearby fire station from the flames.