Faulty chest freezer likely cause of Neasden fire tragedy

Investigators believe the most likely cause of last weekend’s fire which killed six family members was a chest freezer in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs of the house.

Six people died and two people were seriously injured in a blaze that started in the early hours of last Saturday morning in a two-story semi-detached house in Neasden.

Earlier this week, investigators had said that a Beko fridge freezer, the subject of a fire safety scare earlier this year, was in the house. However, this is not the same type of appliance as the one which they believe may have caused the fire and it has not formed part of the fire investigation.

But London Fire Brigade were unable to confirm whether or not working smoke alarms were installed at the property.

The brigade is using the tragedy to redouble its fire safety awareness campaign. It is starting a pilot programme to visit secondary schools in Brent, the borough in which the fire happened. It already does the same for primary schools in the capital. It will also be writing to every headteacher in London with fire safety advice they can give to children in assemblies.

Share It To Save a LifeThe brigade is also launching a fire safety campaign on Facebook, which aims to reach 1 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.

“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,” said assistant commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, Steve Turek.

“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.”

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