Wednesday 13 November 2019

Two dead and 50 evacuated after flat fire in west London

Heather Saul

TWO people have died and two others are being treated for multiple injuries following a flat fire above a shop in London, the emergency services have confirmed.

Fire crews were called to attend the blaze in Hounslow, west London shortly after 1.30am on Wednesday morning after patrolling police officers spotted the incident. 


Eight fire engines and around 58 firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control, which has now been extinguished, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.


An injured person was found in the street close to the burning flat in Church Road and pronounced dead.


A second person was discovered dead inside the flat during a search by firefighters, Scotland Yard said.


An18-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were taken to St Mary's Hospital as a priority where they are being treated for multiple injuries, the London Ambulance Service said.


Three people are understood to have jumped from the burning building before firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze, a spokesman for the LFB said.


Around 50 people who were evacuated from the flats and nearby properties are being moved to emergency accommodation by the local authority.


The fire is believed to have started in a flat above a shop before spreading to the roof and neighbouring flats.


A statement from the Metropolitan Police Service said:"An injured person was found in the street close to the building and subsequently pronounced dead.


"LFB brought the fire under control and are now conducting a search of the building.


"One further body has been found inside."


The cause of the fire is unknown.


A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said a 30-year-old woman is believed to be one of the two people found dead.


She added that four ambulance crews, three duty officers, a hazardous area response team and the medical team from the local air ambulance in a car all attended the scene.


Local road closures are in place while firefighters investigate the blaze.

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