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Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus led four people to safety from a fire in a block of flats on Bromyard Avenue in Acton during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters dealt with the blaze in the six storey property. The living room of a five roomed flat on the fourth floor was badly damaged by the fire, and the remainder of the flat was damaged by the smoke.
Two people occupying the affected flat were woken up by the smell of smoke and left the property before the arrival of the Brigade and a further three adults and a child were rescued by fire crews from a neighbouring flat. All six people suffered from smoke inhalation and were treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade was called by the onsite concierge, when the smoke detector within the flat involved sent a signal to the main fire alarm panel. A smoke alarm was fitted in the flat, but didn’t make an audible sound. A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said:
"Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is to have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.
The Brigade was called at 0151 and the fire was under control by 0303. Fire crews from Acton, Hammersmith and Chiswick fire stations attended the scene.