Thirty People Flee Fire in Block of Flats on Heathstan Road

Baby taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation

A fire engine at the scene in Shepherd's Bush
A fire engine at the scene in Shepherd's Bush. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Thirty people fled from a block of flats in Shepherd’s Bush this Sunday after a fire broke out on a second-floor balcony.

It took 80 firefighters and 12 fire engines over three and a half hours to get the blaze fully under control after they were called to Heathstan Road this Sunday (7 August).

Balconies on the second and third floor were damaged by the fire as well as a small part of the connecting flats. Part of the flat roof was also damaged.

A baby with smoke inhalation was taken to hospital as a precaution by London Ambulance Service crews.

Station Commander Matt Brown, who was at the scene, said, "Firefighters worked hard in hot conditions to tackle this blaze, which started on a second floor balcony.

"It also affected a third floor balcony and the third floor flat roof.

"Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building and one of our 32m ladders was at the scene to assist firefighting operations.

"Residents in the area were advised to close their doors and windows due to the smoke.

"While there were no road closures, we asked motorists to please avoid the area where possible as there were a large amount of vehicles at the scene."

Fire crews from Park Royal, Chiswick, Fulham, Willesden, Richmond, Hammersmith and surrounding fire stations were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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August 8, 2022