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21st Jun 2022

Fire breaks out in block of flats close to Grenfell Tower

Steve Hopkins

The fire comes after the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower blaze on 14 June

Sixty firefighters are fighting a blaze in a flat close to Grenfell Tower in west London.

Eight fire engines have raced to the scene at a high-rise block on Queensdale Crescent in Shepherd’s Bush after being called at 9.23am.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB)  said “half of a flat on the 12th floor is alight”.

LFB said that it used new technology that “enabled a caller to send live stream videos of the incident” straight into the brigade’s 999 call centre.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, it said, but added that it was under control by 10.55am.

Station commander David Bracewell, who was at the scene, said there people from the affected flat left before the brigade arrived and “a number of other residents evacuated the building”.

He added: “Firefighters led six residents to safety via an internal staircase. Further residents who were not affected by fire, heat or smoke were advised to remain in their flats.”

London ambulance service said it responded to the fire and was treating a number of patients at the scene.

Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey black of flats, caught fire just over 5 years ago, on 14 June 2017, killing 72 people.

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