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Fire drama as man jumps from first floor of burning Archway building

21 firefighters tackle blaze believed to have been started by a cigarette

09 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Firefighters assess the damage at the scene of Monday’s blaze in Witley Road

A MAN jumped from the first floor of a burning home in Archway after a fire sparked by a cigarette.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to Witley Road on Monday at about 2.40pm to the fire, which was billowing dark smoke down the street.

One resident, who wished not to be named, said he ran down the street to help and saw one man balancing on top of the ground floor window.

“He jumped off and he was taken to hospital,” said the neighbour. “He looked in shock. The fire brigade got here very quickly.”

Half of the first floor was damaged and the windows upstairs were smashed.

Another person evacuated the property before the fire brigade arrived, with both suffering smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused by the unsafe disposal of a cigarette into a bin.

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.

“If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home but also cost you your life.”

A spokesman for Clarion Housing, which owns and manages the property, said: “Our residents’ safety is our top priority.

“As soon as we were made aware of the incident, our neighbourhood team has been on-hand supporting the family, including arranging temporary accommodation.

“We will continue to work closely with the London Fire Brigade.”

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