Family rescued after ‘candles cause fire’ at Canning Town house

This is the aftermath of a blaze at a house in Canning Town which started when unattended candles were apparently knocked over.

The smoke-filled home in Atkinson Road was evacuated by firefighters at about 9.30pm last night after the flames spread from a pile of clothes in a room on the first floor.

Two women were taken by ambulance to Newham General Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, after they attempted to put out the fire.

Ten firefighters, some wearing breathing apparatus, tackled the blaze, which was under control within 90 minutes.

Residents are urged to take care when using lit candles in the home. For safety advice visit