Two people were taken to hospital after a blaze broke out in a house in Edgware.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the house in Bransgrove Road at 6.51pm on Wednesday evening (March 29) after neighbours “noticed smoke coming from the property”.

One woman left the house before the arrival of the brigade, but a man had to be rescued from the building by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

They were both taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.

The fire took more than an hour to extinguish and was under control by 8.26pm.

Most of the ground floor and half of the first floor of a semi-detached house was damaged by the blaze.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Stanmore, Mill Hill, Hendon, and Harrow fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.

A LFB spokesperson said: “The fire was discovered by neighbours and passers-by who noticed smoke coming from the property. 

"This incident is a timely reminder of just how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your home. There were smoke alarms fitted in the house, but they did not have working batteries.

"Smoke alarms give the earliest possible warning when a fire starts. We encourage everyone to have smoke alarms fitted in every room where a fire could start, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. It’s important to test them regularly.”