The cause of a basement fire at a home in southwest London Monday that sent one person to hospital with severe second degree burns remains under investigation, London fire officials said.
Crews were called to a report of a basement fire at a residence on Alanbrook Street near Viscount Road and Andover Drive around 10:43 a.m.
At the scene, firefighters located a 47-year-old male with what officials described as “severe second degree burns” to both of his hands and one of his feet. The man sustained his injuries while trying to take burning items out of the basement to the exterior of the home, officials said. He was initially treated by fire crews at the scene and was taken to hospital when paramedics arrived.
A cat and dog were also located in the residence and were removed by firefighters.
In all, four fire engines and one truck, about 20 firefighters, responded to the blaze, officials said.
Crews managed to contain the blaze to the basement’s utility room and to an exterior basement stairwell. Officials say the entire building sustained smoke damage and a cost estimate has been pegged at $40,000.
“The LFD would like to remind people that if they encounter a fire, evacuate the building and call the Fire Department,” said a London Fire Dept. media release.