ELEVEN people were rescued by the London Fire Brigade after a fire in Hill Street last Friday (1st March).
Emergency services were notified shortly after 0530 after a smoke alarm alerted residents to the fire in a block of flats.
Forty firefighters from Soho, Paddington, Chelsea and Kensington fire stations responded to the blaze, rescuing seven residents from the roof, one from a first floor window while the rest were led to safety via an internal staircase.
Station Manager Brett Loft, commented:
“This was a very dynamic incident and firefighters worked fast to rescue 11 people from the block of flats… Firefighters managed to contain the fire to a first floor flat, greatly limiting the impact of the blaze on the surrounding properties.
“Thankfully the property had a working smoke alarm which awoke the occupants. Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. As a minimum, you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most plus a heat alarm in the bathroom and kitchen.”
The cause of the fire, which was under control by 0700, is under investigation.