Fire Breaks Out at Southwest London Tower Block

A fire broke out at a tower block in Battersea in Wandsworth, southwest London on Oct. 12 evening.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said they received multiple calls regarding a blaze engulfing the 20th floor of the building at around 8 p.m.

LFB deployed around 70 firefighters and ten fire engines to battle the blaze.

“Crews were faced with a lot of smoke issuing from the top of a block of flats on arrival,” LFB Station Commander Peter Johnson said, adding that there were “lots of visible flame.”

Fire crews from Battersea, Fulham, Wandsworth, North Kensington, and surrounding fire stations were called in to help tackle the blaze, LFB said.

According to LFB, London Ambulance Service crews transported a woman and a child to the hospital, with the woman being treated for smoke inhalation.

The firefighters managed to bring the fire under control at around 9 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, LFB said.

Eyewitness Ishika Deb said in a BBC News report that the fire “started with a loud bang. The glass exploded.”

“I was outside with my neighbor and glass started pouring out” from the building, Deb added.

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