Eleven in hospital after fire rips through South Kensington house

A firefighter works to put out the blaze in South Kensington
A firefighter works from an articulated boom lift to put out the blaze

Eleven people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a terraced house in South Kensington.

Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines attended the scene following reports of the blaze at a five-storey building, which is converted into flats, on Emperor’s Gate.

The fire broke out shortly after midnight on Friday with 130 people forced to leave neighbouring buildings.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said 11 people were treated on the scene before being taken to “London hospitals and major trauma centres”.

London Fire Brigade said five people in total were rescued from the burning building with the injured treated for smoke inhalation.

The scene at the South Kensington fire
The property in west London is made up of several flats

The brigade said two people were rescued from a second floor flat, one person was rescued from a first floor flat and another two were rescued from a flat on the fourth floor.

Half of the ground floor of the building was alight when LFB arrived, it said.

Footage shared on social media shows a large cordon blocking public access had been set up as emergency crews battled the inferno.

Emperor's Gate, South Kensington, cordoned off
The street cordoned off: 15 fire engines were sent to the scene

Station Commander Steve Collins said: “The fire has spread from the ground floor to the top floor and roof of the property.

“Crews are working extremely hard to contain the (fire) to stop it spreading to adjacent buildings.

“Road closures are in place and likely to remain well into the morning rush hour so motorists are advised to avoid the area. However, there is no impact on rail services and they will be running as normal.”

Emergency services were still at the scene on Friday morning. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea spokesman said: “We are aware of the situation and liaising with emergency services to offer support.”

It said staff are providing assistance at a nearby hotel where residents are being sheltered.

Kim Taylor-Smith, the deputy council leader, said: “We are on the ground and providing support and accommodation to residents impacted.

“I also want to thank the emergency services for the incredible job they have done in very challenging conditions, and to staff at the council who have sprung into action in the middle of the night.”