Fire at block of flats near Grenfell Tower now 'under control'

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
A fire broke out on the 12th floor of Markland House on Friday morning (Twitter/@daniellebond)

A fire at a block of flats close to Grenfell Tower had residents fearing a blaze similar to the one that killed 72 people in June 2017.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called at 11.39am on Friday to a report of “smoke issuing” from Markland House on Darfield Way, Notting Hill.

The fire is now under control, but crews will remain on the site this afternoon.

Firefighters at Markland House after a fire broke out at the block of flats (GETTY)

The building is a few minutes away from the scene of the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze in June 2017, which claimed the lives of 72 people.

LFB said eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to the fire.

The Brigade’s 999 control officers took 27 emergency calls regarding the incident.

There were no reported casualties (GETTY)

Danielle Bond, who witnessed the blaze from a nearby office block, said the fire had spread to six floors.

She said: “The fire is spreading upwards, don’t know what it’s like inside but flames are going up the building on one side.”

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Another resident, Dhin Chittenden, said she cried as she ran down the steps from her 11th floor flat.

The 26-year-old receptionist said she was already fearful about another Grenfell Tower-type tragedy before the fire broke out.

London Fire Brigade said the blaze is now "under control" (Twitter/@daniellebond)

She said: “I kept thinking about that. If it’s happened somewhere else then it could happen again.”

A maintenance worker at the tower block knocked on the Ms Chittenden’s flat and told them to leave.

Standing in her slippers, she said: “I just grabbed my phone, my keys and ran downstairs.”

The cause of the blaze is not yet known. No injuries have been reported.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said: "We’re aware of the fire in Darfield Way and have several officers on the scene to assess the cause.

"We will keep you informed of any updates as we receive them."

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