Terrified residents were forced to flee their homes on the 12th floor of a residential block near Grenfell Tower today after a fire broke out inside a flat that was believed to have been caused by an electric bike.
One person was rushed to hospital to be treated for their injuries, and two others were assessed by paramedics at the scene.
Three people from the property had fled their home in Stebbing House before the firefighters arrived, as six other residents were led to safety by emergency services.
The blaze cause 30 people to evacuate the building, while one had to be led to safety by emergency crews.
Dramatic photos from the scene showed smoke billowing into the sky close to the burned out shell of Grenfell as the blaze took hold inside the home in Shepherds Bush, West London.
The fire is believed to have been sparked from an electric bike contained within the 12th floor flat. At this stage it is thought the bike was being charged.
A man is thought to have pulled the plug on the charger and then poured water over the bike when it caught fire causing ‘billowing smoke’ inside the property.
A council spokesman confirm that the 1960s tower block ‘does not have Grenfell-style cladding’ meaning that it is ‘non-flammable’.
It comes days after the five year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell tragedy, which was marked with a service at Westminster Abbey.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined bereaved families and survivors of the tragedy at the event last week.
Kate and Wills had held a private meeting before the memorial event, between the royal couple and those directly affected by the disaster.
Thirty residents were evacuated and one person was treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at the high rise building less than a mile from Grenfell Tower, just days after the fifth anniversary of the tragedy
A fire broke out this morning on the 12th floor of a high-rise flat close to Grenfell Tower in West London. Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Queensdale Crescent which is now under control
Station Commander David Bracewell confirmed that the fire was under control by around 11am, with the residents of the high-rise not in any danger. One person was rushed to hospital by the London Ambulance service and two others were treated at the scene
The fire at Grenfell in June 2017 killed 72 people and injured another 74. The blaze took more than 250 firefighters and 70 fire engines to bring under control
Scorch marks can be seen on the side of the high-rise building after the 12th floor flat set alight. The cause of the fire is thought to have been from an ‘electric bike charger’ and the residents of the property had fled the flat before firefighters attended
London Fire Brigade confirmed that the fire was under control as of 10.55am and three people had left the flat before firefighters arrived.
Station Commander David Bracewell said: ‘We reported to Stebbing House this morning at 9.23 to a fire reported on the 12th floor.
‘Three people from the affected flat left before the Brigade arrived. A number of other residents evacuated the building.
‘Due to the nature of the fire we have eight fire engines here and specialist vehicles dealing with the incident. The fire is now under control.
‘We’ve led one person to safety and we’ve also had 30 persons who self-migrated without the assistance of London Fire Brigade.’
He added that LFB are working with the Metropolitan Police, the local authorities and the London Ambulance Service to ensure residents could return safely to their homes.
The blaze caused damage to three floors of the building, and residents from the 10th, 11th and 12th floors have not been allowed back into their homes.
A London Fire Brigade source at the scene told MailOnline: ‘The fire started on the 12th floor, and although investigations are continuing it looks at this stage to have been from some sort of an electrical fault.
‘It is now under control and the occupants have been accounted for with no serious injuries. One person I believe has been taken to hospital.’
At least one resident suffered smoke inhalation as firefighters battled to extinguish the fire and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
A Hammersmith and Fulham council spokesman confirmed that the fire “was under control very quickly” and that there was “no need to evacuate as the fire was contained to a single flat”.
He added: ‘The 1960s purpose-built tower block of concrete frame construction, with concrete floors, brick exterior walls and a flat, concrete roof”.
‘It not have Grenfell-style cladding — it’s non-flammable — we have had it assessed and it’s not the same type of cladding. The council has already made fire safety improvements at the building.’
Alongside the 60 firefighters a 32mm aerial appliance was sent to the scene, with a 64mm fire engine also called to assist. Emergency services helped up to 30 residents leave the building, with those from the 10th, 11th and 12th floors still unable to access their homes
Black smoke and ash could be seen billowing out of the windows of the high rise property, burning the exterior of the building
Eight fire engines rushed to the scene of the fire to tackle the blaze, with London Ambulance Service treating a ‘number of patients’ at the scene
London Fire Brigade confirmed that they had taken over thirty 999 about the fire in West London after smoke was seen billowing from the building
Fire risk assessment documents published by the authority last year for Stebbing House state that the “risk to life from fire in these premises is ‘moderate’” but certain concerns were highlighted including the need for “additional smoke ventilation to corridors”.
The building has 25 floors and was refurbished in about 2011 and can house a maximum of 450 residents, according to council documents.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: ‘We were called at 9.45am to reports of a fire at a block of flats on Queensdale Crescent.
‘We sent resources to the scene, including two ambulances and our Hazardous Area Response Team.
‘Two patients were assessed at the scene and another was treated and taken to hospital.’
Black smoke can be seen billowing in the sky less than a mile away from Grenfell Tower which caught fire in June 2017.
A total of 72 people were killed and another 74 injured in the blaze, which took more than 250 firefighters and 70 fire engines to bring under control.
Armani Paczkowski, who lives on the sixth floor with his mother, said: ‘The first we heard that something was happening was when neighbours started knocking on our front door this morning about 9.30am.
‘They were telling us there was a fire and that we had to get out.
‘I couldn’t see anything until I got out of the block and went round to the back and saw thick black smoke pouring out of a window on the 12th floor.
‘There was no panic or fear to be honest, everyone was quite calm.
‘The fire crews arrived not long afterwards and everyone was evacuated. I’m pleased that nobody seems to have been badly hurt.’
Another resident, on the second floor, said: ‘I could smell smoke but couldn’t see it.
‘The fire happened at the back of the block, upstairs from me so I didn’t see it.
‘It was quite frightening to begin with because Grenfell Tower is nearby and thoughts of that disaster went through my mind at first but thankfully on this occasion, the fire was under control fairly quickly with no loss of life.’
Conservative MP for Kensington Felicity Buchan described news of the fire as ‘very concerning’ and said aerial appliances had been deployed to the scene.
Prince William and Kate laid a wreath with white flowers at the base of Grenfell Tower to mark the five-year anniversary of the deadly fire in an unannounced visit last week
Theresa May and community volunteer Claire Walker spoke before the Grenfell fire memorial service at Westminster Abbey
Grenfell Tower Memorial Wall was created to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the devastating blaze in 2017
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the memorial service for Grenfell Tower in Westminster Abbey last week
She tweeted: ‘Very concerning to hear about the high-rise fire at Queensdale Crescent in Shepherds Bush.
‘I am told by London Fire that 8 fire engines are there, 60 firefighters and a 32mm aerial appliance.’
The 72 victims who lost their lives in the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze
- Mohammad al-Haj Ali, 23
- Sakina, 65, and Fatema Afrasehabi, 59
- Fathia Ahmed, 71, Abufars Ibrahim, 39, and daughter Isra Ibrahim, 35
- Raymond Bernard, 63
- Kamru Miah, 79, Rabeya Begum, 64, Mohammed Hamid, 27, Mohammed Hanif, 26 and Husna Begum, 22
- Maria del Pilar Burton, 72
- Ali Yawar Jafari, 81
- Amna Mahmud Idris, 27
- Victoria King, 71, and Alexandra Atala, 40
- Tony Disson, 65
- Rania Ibrahim, and her young children Fethia and Hania
- Vincent Chiejina, 60
- Joseph Daniels, 69
- Mariem, 27, and Eslah Elgwahry, 64
- Hesham Rahman, 57
- Gary Maunders, 57
- Hashim Kedir, 44, Nura Jemal, 35, Firdows Hashim, 12, Yahya Hashim, 13, and Yaqub Hashim, six
- Gloria Trevisan, 26, and Marco Gottardi, 27
- Khadija Saye, 24
- Mary Mendy, 54
- Hamid Kani, 60
- Deborah Lamprell, 45
- Abdulaziz El-Wahabi, 52, Faouzia, 41, Yasin, 20, daughter Nur Huda, 16, and son Mehdi, eight
- Ligaya Moore, 78
- Dennis Murphy, 56
- Mohamed Neda, 57
- Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, his wife Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin and Amal Ahmedin, three
- Omar Belkadi, 32, Farah Hamdan, 31, and daughters Malak, seven, and six-month-old Leena
- Berkti, 29, and Biruk Haftom, 12
- Khadija Khalloufi, 52
- Steve Power, 63
- Jessica Urbano Ramirez, 12
- Zainab Deen, 32, and her son Jeremiah, 2
- Logan Gomes
- Abdeslam Sebbar, 67
- Sheila Smith, 84
- Marjorie, 68, and Ernie Vital, 50
- Isaac Paulos, 5
- Nadia, Bassem, Sirria, Mierna, Fatima and Zeinab Choucair
NHS communications director Mike Waddington has encouraged residents whose memories of the Grenfell fire had been triggered by today’s latest blaze to approach local mental health services.
He tweeted: ‘If you find this incident in Shepherds Bush upsetting so close to the Grenfell Anniversary, please contact the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service 0208 637 6279 up to 8pm; then call the CNWL Support line on 0800 0234 650.’
Resident Ellis Hunt, 64, said lessons should be learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy in order to ensure people can be rescued from building on fire as safely as possible.
He added: ‘I was concerned about my neighbour realising that there’s nobody coming up. Who was there to look about the elderly people that can’t walk or can’t move? Everybody’s frightened but they don’t know what to do.’
The West London blaze comes days after the five year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell tragedy, which was marked with a service at Westminster Abbey.
Multi-faith leaders read out the names of the victims of the tragedy at the memorial, which was attended by MPs including Theresa May, who was prime minister at the time.
After each group of names was read out, the congregation said in unison ‘Forever in our hearts’ – the phrase emblazoned across the top of the covered-up tower in north Kensington – as Mrs May and others bowed their heads in prayer.
After the service the abbey’s bells rang out 72 times and white roses were laid at the entrance of the church just off Parliament Square.
The accidental fire five years ago – the worst in Britain for more than a generation – was accelerated by deadly combustible cladding and many of those who died had been told to stay in their flats.
Five years on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, more than 50 high-rise buildings have the same highly-flammable cladding that caused the fire that killed 72 people.
Despite a Government target that all dangerous cladding materials should be removed by June 2020, their latest figures show they are still not there.
In total, 486 buildings over 18 metres tall were found to contain the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding identified by the Grenfell Inquiry as the leading cause of the 2017 tragedy.
Work is still to be completed on 111 of them while it has not even begun on 31 buildings and 58 still have the cladding intact.
The Grenfell Fire, which began with a malfunctioning fridge-freezer on the fourth floor of the block in Kensington and Chelsea, ended up claiming more lives than any other residential fire since the World War II.
Eighteen months later, the Government banned the type of combustible cladding used on Grenfell and vowed to remove what remained.
But plans hit a roadblock as leaseholders in some of the affected buildings were required to pay for the repairs themselves.
This left many of them stuck in a Catch 22 – unable to afford the repairs and unable to sell their properties because of the work required.
Now a deal has been done with Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, for 45 homebuilders to pay £2 billion to fix the unsafe cladding.