The number of people dying from residential fires started by faulty white goods such as tumble dryers, fridges, freezers and washing machines will rise if ministers do not act to implement recommendations, fire bosses have warned.

The London Fire Brigade wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May saying some fridges and freezers are being sold with flammable plastic backing.

The claim comes after a faulty white tumble dryer started a fire in a tower block in west London one year ago.

The letter refers to the fire which took place in August 2016, in Shepherds Bush, London, which was started by an Indesit dryer. Thankfully no-one was injured in the fire, which took 120 firefighters to tackle the blaze.

The recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower also highlights the fire brigades comments. On August 23, 2017, a fire swept through the public housing block in North Kensington.

Police and fire services believe the fire started accidentally in a fridge-freezer on the fourth floor. The rapid growth of the fire is thought to have been accelerated by the building's exterior cladding.

Fifty eight people have so far been formally identified, however there is no final death toll yet and one is not expected until 2018.

The incident sparked a series of safety recommendations, which, according to the letter to Mrs May, have not been acted on. The government is due to respond later this year.

Area manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Alex Johnson, said: "The safety of our communities is of paramount importance, therefore the Service supports London Fire Brigade in calling for recommendations that can reduce the risk of fire and improve the safety of not only our own communities, but that of communities across the UK.

"In Derbyshire in 2015/2016 there were 28 fires attributed to white goods, compared to 39 in 2016/17, as a result of these incidents a total of seven people were taken to hospital due to the effects of smoke inhalation and or precautionary checks.

"All property fires undergo a full fire investigation and any fire that is attributed to being caused by white goods is reported to trading standards."

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