Search

Firefighters called out to 26 alcohol related fires

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 January 2016

A typical pub scene shows a drinker consuming beer and cigarettes. (Credit: PA/Owen Humphreys)

A typical pub scene shows a drinker consuming beer and cigarettes. (Credit: PA/Owen Humphreys)

PA/EMPICS

Since 2010, firefighters have been called out to 26 fires in Havering where alcohol is believed to have played a role in causing the blaze.

The figures from the London Fire Brigade show the most common causes were cigarettes not being put out properly and candles or cooking being left unattended after people had fallen asleep.

The borough was the second lowest across London, after the City of London, which reported only four incidents in the last five years.

Hackney topped the list of boroughs, with 177 incidents, followed by Lambeth with 128 and Southwark with 114.

London Fire Brigade director of operations Dave Brown said: “When people are under the influence of alcohol they are more likely to take risks, their responses become slower and they can fall asleep easily, which can be a dangerous combination if a fire starts.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Romford Recorder