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Two women were rescued by firefighters after a fire at a shop in Shirland Road, Maida Vale this morning.
Part of the ground floor shop and part of the first floor of the building was damaged by fire.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued two women from a flat above the shop by an external ladder. Both women were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service.
Another eight people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.
Station manager Catherine Reeve, who is at the scene, said: “Crew members worked really hard in challenging and heavily smoke logged conditions to confine the fire to the ground floor of the building.
“The fire was stopped from spreading to other parts of the building and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to rescue two women from a rear window using a short extension ladder.”
The Brigade was called at 0554 and the fire was under control at 0958. Fire crews from North Kensington, Paddington, Kensington and Kentish Town fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.