West Drayton House Fire Highlights Urgent Need for White Goods Safety

Blunts Avenue street sign | Hillingdon Today

A house fire broke out on Blunts Avenue in West Drayton yesterday (5 June), prompting urgent reminders from firefighters about the importance of white goods safety.  Firefighters were called at 10:42pm and four fire engines from Heathrow, Hayes, Feltham and Hillingdon fire stations attended the scene.

The fire severely damaged half of the ground floor of an end-of-terrace house. Thankfully, all four occupants managed to escape the building before firefighters arrived. They received immediate treatment at the scene from the London Ambulance Service. A dog, trapped in a first-floor bedroom, was rescued and has since been reunited with its owners.

The fire was under control by 11:48pm and initial investigations suggest that it was accidental, caused by an electrical fault in a fridge freezer.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If your white goods start making a strange noise, don’t ignore it. If you think there’s a problem always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.

“Most fires where white goods are the source of ignition are not down to anything you have done – so always make sure you register your appliances as you’ll be informed if any issues are identified with the product you’ve bought.”