Man rescued after “visible” blaze in Notting Hill block of flats

A blaze in a building in Notting Hill appears to have completely gutted a second-floor flat after firefighters rescued a man trapped on a staircase.

Six engines and 35 firefighters/officers attended the blaze in Notting Hill Gate.

“When crews arrived they were could see flames coming out of the window of a flat on the second floor,” said Station Manager John Ryan.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man via an internal staircase from the flat affected. He has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.”

“A woman was also rescued from a third floor window via aerial ladder platform. Around 30 residents self evacuated from the block,” he added.

The fire was under control by quarter to eleven, almost two hours after the Brigade arrived. 999 operators took 12 calls relating to the incident, which was described as very “visible”.

Fire crews from Paddington, Kensington, Hammersmith, and North Kensington fire stations attended.

(Pic: BBC journalist Emilia Papadopoulos)

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