The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers gave fire survival guidance advice to another eight people in different flats, who were advised to leave as smoke was entering their flats through open windows. They left before the Brigade arrived.
Fire escape hoods provide members of the public with up to 15 minutes of protection from four of the main fire gases (carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein) and can be worn by conscious or unconscious people. If more than 15 minutes of protection is required then another hood can be given to each wearer. They do not provide oxygen but temporarily filter toxic smoke to make breathing easier.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.