Police investigating ‘suspicious’ flat fire in Bush Hill Park

No serious injuries one man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation

Ayley Croft Estate, Bush Hill Park
Ayley Croft Estate, Bush Hill Park

The Metropolitan Police is investigating the cause of a fire at a block of flats on an Enfield housing estate in the early hours of this morning (Monday 6th).

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to a fire at a flat in Ayley Croft, Bush Hill Park, at around 1am. Part of a hallway on the fifth floor of the eleven-storey block was damaged by fire.

The brigade’s 999 control officers gave vital fire survival guidance to those inside a flat adjacent to the fire. One man from a neighbouring flat was led to safety by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus and was treated for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service.

A Met Police statement was later issued which said: “At this time the cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and is under further investigation.”

There have been no arrests, but police enquiries are ongoing.

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LFB has also issued a warning after the flat adjacent to the fire was found to have no working smoke alarms. Station officer Adam Placey was at the scene and said: “This incident is a timely reminder about the importance of having smoke alarms in your home.

“This incident took place in the middle of the night and luckily the residents smelt the smoke and were able to call 999. Not having working smoke alarms leaves you and your loved ones at risk.

“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. As a minimum, you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most plus a heat alarm in the bathroom and kitchen.

“This incident also is a good opportunity to remind residents to not store belongings in communal areas as they can pose a real risk to safety. In the event of fire, items in hallways and on stairs can stop people escaping, and stop firefighters doing their job. Always ensure that corridors, stairs and stairwells are clear.”

LFB was called at 12.56am and the fire was under control by 1.48am. Fire crews from Enfield, Edmonton and Chingford fire stations were in attendance.

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