Dozens of firefighters attend west London blaze | UK News

Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were called to a blaze at a terraced house in Kensington, west London on Friday morning.

Five people were rescued from flats on the first, second and fourth floors of the building, with 11 people treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to London hospitals and trauma centres.

Half of the ground floor of the five-storey building, which has been converted into flats, was alight at around 2.20am on Friday morning – almost two hours after fire brigades were called.

The scene of the fire in south Kensington overnight Pic: Susi Petherick
Pic: Susi Petherick

Around 15 people escaped from the house on Emperor’s Gate in south Kensington before fire brigades arrived.

Fire crews from Kensington, Fulham, Battersea, Hammersmith and Chelsea also fought the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

London Fire Brigade’s Steve Collins said at the scene: “The fire has spread from the ground floor to the top floor and roof of the property. Crews are working extremely hard to contain [it] further to stop it spreading to adjacent building.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, paramedics in response cars, advanced paramedics, operational managers and members of our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). We also dispatched London’s air ambulance.

“We have treated eight patients and taken them to London hospitals and major trauma centres. We remain on scene with emergency services colleagues.”