70 firefighters attend the scene

27 October 2015

25 people were evacuated from a block of flats in Hampstead, London, after a fire broke out earlier this week. 

London Fire Brigade sent 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which broke out in the flats situated above a shop.

23 people were led to safety from the flats and two other people, including a pregnant woman, were rescued from the roof of the building by a turntable ladder.

Twelve people had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and a two-year-old child was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Station Manager David George who was at the scene said: "Firefighters worked extremely hard in strenuous conditions to contain the fire and bring it under control. On arrival crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and led over 20 people to safety from inside. We also used one of our turntable ladders, which is like a cherry picker, to rescue a further two people from the roof.”

The cause of the fire still remains unclear at this stage.

Original source

London Fire Brigade