London Fire Brigade

120 firefighters tackle high rise blaze in Shepherds Bush Green

19 August 2016

Twenty fire engines and 120 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a high rise block of flats on Shepherds Court in Shepherds Bush Green this afternoon.

The fire affected five floors of the 18 storey building.  The blaze damaged around a quarter of a four roomed flat on the seventh floor, half of a flat on the eighth floor, around a quarter of a flat on the ninth floor, half of a flat on the tenth floor and a small part of the flat on the eleventh floor.  

Around fifty people were evacuated from the building and are now in the care of the local authority. 

Smoke from the fire could be seen across the area and 999 control officers took over 40 emergency calls to the incident.  One woman suffered from smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service. 

Station Manager, Paul Hobbs, was at the scene, he said: "The fire spread from the 7th floor via the outside of the building.  Crews wearing breathing apparatus used jets to extinguish the fire on each floor of the building.  They worked quickly in difficult conditions to tackle the fire."

The Brigade was called at 1544 and the fire was under control by 1732. Crews from Hammersmith, Kensington, Acton, Chiswick, Paddington, Fulham, Park Royal, Battersea, Wandsworth, Brixton and surrounding fire stations attended the incident. Crews will remain at the scene damping down the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.