Fire investigators from London Fire Brigade have released information about what they believe to be the most likely cause of the worst house fire in the capital in over a decade. 

Six people died and two people were seriously injured in a blaze that started in the early hours of Saturday morning in a two-story semi-detached house on Sonia Gardens in Neasden. Fire investigators believe that a chest freezer, which was in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs, may have caused the fire. The make of the chest freezer is not known at this stage.  

Earlier this week, the London Fire Brigade confirmed that a BEKO fridge freezer was in the house. However, this is not the same type of appliance as the one which fire investigators believe may have caused the fire and it has not formed part of the fire investigation.

Following the incident, London Fire Brigade will be launching a fire safety blitz across the capital. The Brigade's schools team will begin a pilot programme to visit secondary schools in Brent, the borough in which the fire happened. It already visits primary schools across the capital.

The Brigade will also be writing to every head teacher in London with fire safety advice they can give to children in assemblies. It will offer every primary school in London the opportunity of a visit, with a focus on children aged 6-7 and 9-10. Interested teachers should check the schools section of the Brigade's website. 

Fire chiefs will also be launching a fire safety campaign on Facebook, which it hopes will reach one million people. The 'Share it to Save a Life' campaign will encourage people to share one fire safety tip with their Facebook friends every day for a week. Visit London Fire Brigade's Facebook page for more details.

Assistant Commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, Steve Turek, said: "Fire investigators will continue to piece together the tragic events of Saturday morning but early indications are that the fire was caused by a chest freezer in the hallway of the house.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those who died. This tragic event should focus people's minds on how they can make their home safer. Our fire safety blitz will help people to do that. We will continue to work tirelessly to make the homes of all Londoner's safer."


Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1310 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: