Two women rescued from flat fire in West Ham

Two women were rescued from a fire in West Ham yesterday after a pan of oil was left unattended on a hot stove.

Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Stratford and Poplar stations were called to reports of a blaze in a flat on Memorial Avenue at 4.51pm.

Ten people from surrounding flats had left the building before the Fire Brigade arrived but crews saved two women who were treated by paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The fire was brought under control at 5.59pm but the kitchen was left severely damaged.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said: ““You should never, ever leave cooking unattended – particularly when cooking with oil. Oil can catch fire easily if not used properly, and can create dangerous and unpredictable fires.

“Never leave the kitchen when cooking on a stove, or remove anything from the heat if you do have to nip out – it could save your life.”

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