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Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers tackled a fire on Antrim Grove in Belsize Park this morning. Fortunately no one was in the property at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
The second floor and roof have been completely damaged by the fire, plus half of the ground floor and first floor. The fire also spread to the adjoining next door neighbour’s property with a small part of the stairwell from the ground floor to the first floor damaged by fire. Thankfully neighbours were able to safely evacuate on the arrival of the Brigade.
Station Manager Winston Douglas who is at the scene said:
“Fire crews have worked really hard to stop fire spreading even further into adjacent properties. The neighbouring property had a fire curtain installed which also helped to stop fire spreading."
Roads were closed in the area and motorists were advised to avoid Haverstock Hill NW3 which was closed between Park Hill Road and Belsize Grove. Access to England’s Lane was also restricted.
Crews from Edmonton, Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Soho, Euston, Hornsey, Soho, Hendon, Paddington fire stations are attending the incident.
The Brigade was called at 0249 and fire was under control at 0829 but crews are expected to be damping down at the scene for most of the morning.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.