Bayswater fire: Huge blaze breaks out in west London townhouse

Sebastian Mann

Dozens of firefighters were called to a massive blaze in a west London flat.

Flames gutted two apartments inside the Bayswater townhouse in Kensington Gardens Square after a fire broke out on Saturday evening, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

Smoke billowed from windows as nearly 60 firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries.

An LFB spokesman said: "Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers were called to a flat fire on Kensington Gardens Square in Bayswater this evening. A turntable ladder was also used to tackle the blaze.

"The fire gutted two flats - one on the third floor and one on the fourth floor of the converted five storey mid-terraced town house.

"Eight people left the property before the Brigade arrived and two cars were damaged by falling debris. There were no reports of any injuries."

Station Manager Nick Saunders, who was at the scene, added: "This was a challenging fire and crews worked hard to contain it and to stop it from spreading further than the two affected flats. A turntable ladder was also used to fight the fire."

Firefighters were called at 6.50pm and the fire was under control shortly after 10pm.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.