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.
Safety advice for smokers
It’s safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly.
Never smoke in bed, and avoid smoking on armchairs and sofas – especially if you think you might fall asleep.
Use proper ashtrays, which can’t tip over and stub cigarettes out properly.
Always empty ashtrays carefully. Make sure smoking materials are out, cold and preferably wet them before throwing into a bin – never use a wastepaper basket.
The Brigade was called at 1214am and the fire was under control by 1.07am. Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters from Shadwell, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Dowgate and Shoreditch fire stations attended the scene.