West Hampstead fire: 15 crews tackle blaze in top floor of flats

Around 100 firefighters have been sent to tackle a blaze at a block of flats in north-west London.

The London Fire Brigade said 15 engines attended the scene in Inglewood Road, West Hampstead, after being called at just after 1am on Thursday. Fifty people were evacuated from the block. No one needed hospital treatment, the London Ambulance Service said.

The fire broke out in flats on Inglewood Road.

The fire broke out in flats on Inglewood Road. Photograph: Reuters

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 was believed to have started in a flat on the fourth floor. The nearby Black Lion pub, on West End Lane, said it was opening its doors to people affected by the blaze. A tweet read: “Please anyone near stay safe. We will be here all night.”

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