Sunday, October 17, 2021

Emergency services race to tower block in southwest London as fire erupts in flat on the top floor

Dozens of firefighters battle tower block inferno: Blaze tears through flat on 20th floor of 21-storey building in southwest London leaving woman and child injured before it is brought under control

  • Firefighters responded to blaze in 20th floor flat in Battersea, southwest London
  • Around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines were at the residential tower block
  • The fire is believed to have consumed 80 per cent of a three-bedroom property
  • London Fire Brigade say a woman and a child have been taken to hospital


Two people have been injured in a fire that broke out on the 20th floor of a tower block in Southwest London.

Emergency crews raced to the scene at Westbridge Road in Battersea this evening following reports of the blaze.

Pictures taken from below show huge flames and clouds of smoke billowing out of the flat’s windows.

A woman and a child had to be taken to hospital by ambulance crews, while 50 others fled from the building before the responders arrived. 

Around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines from across London responded to the call which came in at 8pm. 

Dozens of firefighters are tackling a blaze that has broken out on the 20th floor of a tower block on Westbridge Road in Battersea, Southwest London

Dozens of firefighters are tackling a blaze that has broken out on the 20th floor of a tower block on Westbridge Road in Battersea, Southwest London

The London Fire Brigade said that a woman escaped from the property before rescuers arrived and is being treated for possible smoke inhalation

The London Fire Brigade said that a woman escaped from the property before rescuers arrived and is being treated for possible smoke inhalation

The London Fire Brigade said that a woman escaped from the property before rescuers arrived and is being treated for possible smoke inhalation

Crews said the fire, which has since been brought under control, had affected a three-bedroom flat, with almost 80 per cent of the property on fire.

The London Fire Brigade said that a woman escaped from the property before rescuers arrived and is being treated for possible smoke inhalation.

Station Commander Pete Johnson, who is at the scene, said: ‘Crews were faced with a lot of smoke issuing from the top of a block of flats on arrival.

‘There was also lots of visible flame which has prompted a high number of calls to our Control Officers.

‘Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control. There are a number of road closures in place.’

The windows of the flat on the 20th floor were ripped out by the fire, which is believed to have burnt out much of the three-bedroom property

The windows of the flat on the 20th floor were ripped out by the fire, which is believed to have burnt out much of the three-bedroom property

Station Commander Pete Johnson, who is at the scene, said: 'Crews were faced with a lot of smoke issuing from the top of a block of flats on arrival'

Station Commander Pete Johnson, who is at the scene, said: ‘Crews were faced with a lot of smoke issuing from the top of a block of flats on arrival’

The fire was declared to be under control at around 9.05pm. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is now under investigation

The fire was declared to be under control at around 9.05pm. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is now under investigation

Student Ishika Deb, 20, who lives in a neighbouring block of flats, said: ‘I heard a bang and glass smashing. I went out and saw there was glass on the floor. Then I heard a bang and looked up and saw fire.’

She said she heard a couple of bangs then noticed that ‘ash was coming out’.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted: ‘Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to reports of a fire at a block of flats on Westbridge Road in Battersea. More information to follow.’ 

The fire was declared to be under control at around 9.05pm.

A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is now under investigation. 

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