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Hairdryer blamed for blaze at Great Dover Street student halls

More than 200 students had to evacuate their halls of residence after a fire which is believed to have been caused by a hairdryer.

A student discovered the fire after returning to his room in the King's College London residence in Great Dover Street in the early hours of Thursday morning and called the London Fire Brigade.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers attended the fire, which damaged a section of the student's room.

Crews found a hairdryer plugged in and switched on at the plug but fire investigators have sent the dryer for further analysis to determine exactly what happened.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "We are still investigating this fire to determine the exact circumstances but this is a good opportunity to remind people how important it is to ensure that hairdryers and straighteners are turned off at the plug as well as on the appliance."

The brigade was called at 2.44am and the fire was under control at 3.55am.

Fire crews from Dowgate, Old Kent Road, Dockhead and Lambeth fire stations were called to the scene.

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