Fire breaks out in residential block near Grenfell Tower on 12th floor

Fire breaks out in residential block near Grenfell Tower on 12th floor

June 21, 2022

Fire breaks out in residential high rise block near Grenfell Tower: Up to 60 firefighters tackle blaze in flat on 12th floor of high-rise building in west London

  • Eight fire engines were called to the scene of the blaze in Shepherds Bush
  • Around 60 firefighters are tackling the fire at the flat on the 12th floor 
  • Emergency services confirmed that half of the flat is alight at the high rise 

Around 60 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a high rise building close to Grenfell Tower in West London this morning.

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

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

‘Half of the flat on the 12 floor is alight. We used new technology that enabled a caller to send live stream videos of the incident straight into the Brigade’s 999 call centre.

‘The Brigade was called at 0923. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’

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

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.

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

There are currently no reports of anyone being injured in the high rise, which is just a fifteen minute walk from Grenfell. 

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.

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.

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

Grenfell Tower Memorial Wall has been created below the shell of the tower with artwork and tributes to those who lost their lives

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the memorial service for Grenfell Tower in Westminster Abbey last week 

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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