Firefighters led five children and two adults to safety after a mattress fire in a stairwell.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to a five-storey block of flats in Parkland Road, Wood Green, just after midday yesterday (August 15).

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled the blaze in which a mattress was on fire in the second floor stairwell.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus provided fire escape hoods to five children and two adults.

These can be worn for up to 15 minutes and protect people from four of the main fire gases - carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein.

The hoods do not provide oxygen but they temporarily filter toxic smoke to make breathing easier.

The fire took more than two hours to extinguish, and was under control by just after 4.30pm.

Fire crews from Hornsey, Kentish Town, Holloway and Edmonton attended the blaze.

A LFB spokesperson said that the cause of the fire is now under investigation.