(Reuters) – In the early morning hours of Thursday, a five-story residential building in London's West Hampstead erupted into a massive fire that required rescuers to evacuate dozens of people. It took nearly four hours to extinguish the fire London Fire Department said.
Firefighters fight a fire in a burning block of flats in West Hampstead, London, England, on July 26, 201
About 100 firefighters and 15 firefighters attacked the fire in Inglewood Road. Firefighters evacuated residents from the top floor due to concerns that the roof could collapse inwards, said firefighters bit.ly/2mHK4UP.
"It is believed that the fire started in a fourth-floor apartment," said fire department chief Clainton Murray.
"Firefighters helped two people from the first floor and a number of other residents who were evacuated from the lower floors," Murray said. "About 50 residents used a local public house as a recreation center."
The fire department was called at 004 (after midnight GMT) and the fire was under control at 0501, according to a statement The cause of the fire was not yet known.
Neighbors used social media to post photos and videos of the incident.
The London Medical Service confirmed that as a result of the incident no one was hospitalized, said the fire department.
Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Edited by Gopakumar Warrier