The fire, which engulfed a property on Channel Close in West London, left only one man able to escape before the arrival of the fire brigade.
Emergency services rushed him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Rescue Efforts and Grim Discovery: Firefighters Find Victims on First Floor
Upon gaining access to the property, firefighters discovered five individuals on the first floor, all of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
The identities of the victims are yet to be disclosed, but authorities believe they were all members of the same family. The fire, which required the efforts of approximately 70 firefighters and ten fire engines, caused extensive damage to the ground and first floors of the mid-terraced house, with the blaze also impacting part of the roof.
Evacuations and Fire Control: Community Impact and Commissioner’s Condolences
As the inferno unfolded, nearby homes were evacuated, and the fire was eventually brought under control by 1.25 am on Monday.
London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe expressed condolences, stating, ‘This is a terribly sad incident, and the thoughts of all of us at London Fire Brigade are with the family, friends, and all those affected at this difficult time.’ He assured that support and advice would be provided to the local community.
Investigation Underway: Uncovering the Cause of the Tragic Fire
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The London Ambulance Service also played a crucial role in the response, dispatching five ambulances, two officers, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and the London Air Ambulance for medical assistance.
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, overseeing policing in Hounslow, acknowledged the significant impact on the community, pledging thorough efforts to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.