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‘Stay put’ advice used as firefighters halt blaze at Waxham council block

Fire brigade use 'stay put' advice for residents living on Waxham estate

25 June, 2017 — By Richard Osley

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A FIRE broke out on a council estate this evening (Sunday) wrecking a flat but not spreading throughout the building.

The blaze brought 60 firefighters to the Waxham block in Mansfield Road, Gospel Oak, at around 9pm. It was under control half an hour later although crews could still be seen damping down the building later in the evening.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “The cause of the fire is not known at this time. One flat on the second floor was badly damaged by the fire  but nobody was in the flat at the time of the fire. A small section of a flat on the third and fourth floor was also damaged by the fire One man was treated by London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.”


Several people who were in the hallways, stairwells and common parts of the block were told to evacuate whereas those who where in their flats and smoke or heat was not affecting them were told to stay in their flat.

Station Manager Wayne Johnson who was at the scene said: “It is incidents like this which show how important it is to know what to do in the event of a fire, especially if you live in a flat. If there is a fire in another part of your building while you are inside your purpose-built flat or maisonette, and you’re not affected by the fire stay put and call 999.”

He urged residents to fit smoke alarms.

The incident follows a weekend of high alert with Camden Council taking the unprecedented step of evacuating 4,000 people from the Chalcot tower blocks in Swiss Cottage following fire safety advice delivered in the wake of the Grenfell tower tragedy.


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