Ten fire engines called after stack of timber catches alight
Smoke from the fire led to advice to close windows. Picture: London Fire Brigade
May 8, 2023
Fire fighters from across south west London were called after a blaze broke out at Lawsons timber merchant this Friday (5 May) n South Wimbledon.
In all ten fire engines and 70 firefighters with crews from Wimbledon, Mitcham, New Malden, Sutton, Kingston, West Norwood and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.
Twelve calls were received about the fire on Lombard Road with the first received at 2.55pm.
Part of the ground floor and exterior of the warehouse was damaged by the fire after a stack of timber caught alight with a carelessly discarded cigarette set it alight. Two people suffering from smoke inhalation were treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews .
The Brigade's drone team assisted by providing an aerial view of the incident. Two 32-metre turntable ladders were used to help extinguish the fire which was fully under control by 7.32pm.
Two 32-metre turntable ladders were used. Picture: London Fire Brigade
Station Commander Tom Conlon, who was at the scene, said, "The fire was producing heavy smoke in the local area. People were advised to keep their windows and doors closed and to avoid the area."
The fire is being treated as accidental and is believed to have been caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, "We'd rather you didn't smoke at all, but if you are a smoker, it's absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you've finished smoking it.
"If you don't, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy properties but also cost you your life."
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