A fire has broken out at Darfield Way, close to Grenfell Tower in west London. Over ten fire engines and 70 firefighters have been called to the scene.
The tower block is situated across the road from Grenfell Tower where 72 people were tragically killed in a harrowing blaze in June 2017.
An evacuation of the building is currently underway.
The fire crew received over 25 calls reporting the incident at approximately 11:40 today, which are currently under investigation.
The London Fire Brigade tweeted in response to the growing concern: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to reports of smoke in Darfield Way in #NottingHill.”
There is a fire at a tower block opposite Grenfell Tower. pic.twitter.com/fAcJG1KbMC
— Cllr Daniel Lee-Phakoe (@DanLP86) August 23, 2019
At a later period the London Fire Brigade made an official statement: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to reports of smoke in Darfield Way in Notting Hill.
“Fire crews are currently investigating.
“The Brigade’s 999 control officers have taken 25 calls to the incident.
“The Brigade was called at 1139.
“Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Fulham, Park Royal, Chelsea, West Hampstead and Soho fire stations are at the scene.”
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 23, 2019
The building appears to have caught alight on 12th floor, report firefighters.
Samantha Finley, 41, a resident in the flats said she noticed a smell like burning plastic and immediately decided to leave her flat on the 10th floor.
Samantha said: “I smelled it. I thought ‘let me get out, I’m out’. I grabbed my keys, my phone. I’m out. I’m not seeing where it is or anything. I’m out.
“I was concerned. I was very fearful.”
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are reported to have made a community hall at nearby Frinstead House, offering residents of the flats supplies such as water and nappies.
London Fire Brigade officially confirmed that the fire at NottingHill has been put under control, with no reports of any injuries.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 23, 2019