London House Fire: Two Dead In North Finchley

Two people have been found dead after a fire at a house in north London early this morning.

Six fire engines and around 35 firefighters as well as several police officers were called to the blaze in Fallow Court Avenue, North Finchley.

Police said the cause of the deaths was "unexplained".

They were described by a neighbour as an elderly couple who lived in separate flats on the two storeys of the house.

The neighbour, who called herself Sheila, said: "She was a lovely woman. I think husband and wife lived separately. Her husband lived in the top flat. They had two flats.

"There was a lot of fire brigade and ambulance ... they wouldn't tell me. I went to the neighbours' house. I couldn't do anything. I just sat in the lounge."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, a male and a female.

"Enquiries continue and the fire is being treated as unexplained."

London Fire Brigade said the fire affected around three quarters of the ground floor and half of the first floor, as well as the staircase and roof of the semi-detached house.

Firefighters found the body of the woman in the kitchen and the body of the man in a first-floor bedroom.

No-one else is understood to have been in the property at the time of the blaze.

It took firefighters around two hours to extinguish the flames.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "The brigade was called at 6.06am and the fire was under control by 8.09am.

"Crews from Finchley, Southgate, Barnet and Hornsey fire stations were at the scene."

The cause is under investigation by London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police.