West Hampstead fire: Huge blaze hits luxury housing block in north west London – Express.co.uk



London Fire Brigade were called to the inferno on Inglewood Road.

A total of 50 people were evacuated, thanks to fears of an unstable roof. 

The service tweeted to confirm the incident.

They said: “15 fire engines and around one hundred firefighters are tackling a blaze on the fifth – top – floor of a block of flats on Inglewood Road in West Hampstead.”

Firefighters have been seen climbing ladders as they attempt to douse the flames and prevent further spreading.

No one required hospital treatment after the fire, the Lond Ambulance Service said.

 

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Flames could be seen for miles across London, according to pictures posted on social media.

One local pub offered refuge to those displaced by the flames.

The Black Lion NW6 tweeted on Thursday morning: “Anybody affected by the current fire in West Hampstead, our doors are open.

“Please anyone near stay safe.

“We will be here all night.”

Photos from the scene show firefighters donning oxygen equipment to tackle the flames.

London Fire Brigade released a statement on Thursday morning confirming they were called just after 1am.

(Image: REUTERS)

Flames and smoke could be seen for miles around (Image: REUTERS )

They said: “Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters are tackling a flat fire on Inglewood Road in West Hampstead.

“The fire is on the top floor of the five storey block and very visible for miles around.

“The brigade was called at 1.04am. Fire crews from West Hampstead and surrounding stations are at the scene.

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

Later in the morning the fire brigade further tweeted to confirm the flames were under control and nobody had been taken to hospital. 

Firefighters are tackling a blaze in West Hampstead (Image: GETTY)

Station Manager Clainton Murray said: “Due to concerns that the roof could collapse inward, firefighters evacuated residents from the top floor.

“In addition fire crews assisted two people from the first floor and a number of other residents self evacuated from lower floors. Around 50 residents are using a local public house as a rest centre.

“The fire is also affecting the roof and in the early stages was very visible for miles around.”

The fire is believed to have started on the fourth floor of the flat.