Woman Dies in Fire at Block of Flats in London

By John Smithies, Epoch Times
November 21, 2017 Updated: November 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.”

Firefighters remained at the scene to damp down the fire throughout the morning.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

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