A woman has died in a blaze at a block of flats in north London.
Eight fire engines and 60 firefighters were sent to the four-storey block in Hampstead in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The woman was rescued from the building but was pronounced dead at the scene.
— Rupert Barnes (@RupertBarnes1) November 21, 2017
Crews battled for hours to bring the fire under control, with 20 people having already left the flats.
A woman told the Evening Standard that her daughter and son-in-law rushed out of the building with just pyjamas on and no shoes.
The fire badly damaged the ground and first floors of the building, as well as destroying its roof and second and third floors.
Pictures on social media showed flames leaping from the building’s roof.
Spent the last two hours watching the fire brigade put out a pretty damn big fire about 4 / 5 houses down from mine – I must say, they are bloody incredible human beings; I am in awe of their bravery, commitment and ability to keep the mood up when it’s at its darkest ???? pic.twitter.com/1YMpqYUGwo
— KAYLEIGH DOYLE (@KayleighDoylee) November 21, 2017
The alarm was raised at 1.52am on Nov 21., with firefighters on the scene five minutes later, according to London Fire Brigade.
Tom George, London Fire Brigade’s Director of Operations, said in a statement: “The cause of this fire is not yet known and is being investigated. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who sadly died in this fire.”
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of the woman who sadly died in #Hampstead fire this morning. Firefighters were at the scene in under 5 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation https://t.co/GX8pixQKVb pic.twitter.com/7ZYxR03cJK
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) November 21, 2017
Firefighters remained at the scene to damp down the fire throughout the morning.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area.
— Playtime London (@aplaytimelondon) November 21, 2017
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