Fire crews have rescued six people after being called to a fire in an eight storey block of flats on University Street in Bloomsbury WC1 this afternoon.
Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers attended the blaze along with two aerial appliances – fire engines which are similar to cherry pickers
The fire damaged a flat on the fourth floor of the building and firefighters rescued six people from the floor above which was affected by smoke. Eight adults and a child also escaped the block of flats and all fifteen were treated for smoke inhalation.
Station Manager George Delmar who is at the scene said: “Firefighters worked really hard to prevent this fire from spreading and managed to keep it confined to the flat where the blaze broke out. Thankfully the flat was unoccupied at the time but there was a lot of smoke logging in the building and crews rescued six people from the floor above.”
Fire crews from Kensington, Clerkenwell, Islington, Paddington, Knightsbridge, West Hampstead, Soho and Brixton fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 1456 and the fire was under control by 1653. Crews are carrying out a systematic search of the building and will remain at the scene for some time damping down remaining hot spots of fire
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.