Three people were forced to flee their flat after a fire broke out at a high rise building close to Grenfell Tower in West London this morning.

One person was rushed to hospital to be treated for their injuries, and two others were assessed by paramedics at the scene.  

Eight fire engines and 60 firefighters rushed to Queensdale Crescent and found that half of a flat was alight on the 12th floor of the building in Shepherds Bush, London.

Three people from the property had fled their home before the firefighters arrived, as six other residents were led to safety by emergency services.

A 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: ‘Firefighters dealt with a fire on the 12th floor of a tower block in W11. 

‘Three people from the affected flat left before the Brigade arrived. A number of other residents evacuated the building. 

A fire has broken out on the 12th floor of a high-rise flat close to Grenfell Tower in West London this morning. Around 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze on Queensdale Crescent

A fire has broken out on the 12th floor of a high-rise flat close to Grenfell Tower in West London this morning. Around 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze on Queensdale Crescent

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

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.

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 currently unknown and the residents of the property had fled the flat before firefighters attended

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 currently unknown and the residents of the property had fled the flat before firefighters attended

‘Firefighters led six residents to safety via an internal staircase. Further residents who were not affected by fire, heat or smoke were advised to remain in their flats.’ 

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. 

London Fire Brigade confirmed that they had taken over thirty 999 calls to the fire in W11.    

A spokesman said: ‘Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are dealing with a fire in a high rise block on Queensdale Crescent in Shepherds Bush.

‘Half of the flat on the 12 floor was alight. The Brigade was called at 0923. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’

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 to​​tal 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 in Stebbing House on the sixth floor with his mum, 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.

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 six residents to safety from the property

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 six residents to safety from the property

Black smoke and ash could be seen billowing out of the windows of the high rise property, burning the exterior of the building

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

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

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

‘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.’

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.’

Conservative MP for Kensington Felicity Buchan described news of the fire as ‘very concerning’ and said aerial appliances had been deployed to the scene.

Theresa May and community volunteer Claire Walker spoke before the Grenfell fire memorial service at Westminster Abbey

 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

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

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.’

Witness Joanna Foster wrote on Twitter: ‘In West London and saw this and heard sirens getting closer.

‘It seems a different building than the tower is on fire. No less horrific for those affected and has made me feel physically sick.

‘What must it be like for all those affected by Grenfell who face such trauma daily?’

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.



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