December 11 2013 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Monday, September 17, 2012
The fire brigade has issued a warning after a discarded cigarette is thought to have sparked a flat blaze today.
The fire was contained to the balcony of a ground-floor flat in Longbridge Road, Barking, where boxes were being stored.
No one was injured and the 1am blaze is under investigation.
Barking firefighter Stephen Benson said: “The most likely cause of the fire was the disposal of smoking material. There was a bit of smoke damage. It was mostly outdoors on the plastic door of the balcony. There is a lesson to be learnt there.”
A fly-tipper who dumped bed bases in the street has been given a fine and a criminal record.
Firefighters will lay down their hoses for a national walk-out as part of their ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.