Firefighters rescued 13 people from a fire at a Shisha bar with flats above it on Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush this morning.

The fire started on the outside decking area of the Shisha bar which was on the ground floor and spread across a canopy to the side of the building.

Station Manager Keith Williams, who was at the scene, said:

“Firefighters were faced with a challenging fire when they arrived and residents in the flats above were unable to leave due to the smoke. Crews carried out a number of rescues quickly and safely evacuated all the residents including seven adults, five children and one baby.”

One adult and two children were rescued by ladder, four adults and three children were rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and two adults with a baby self evacuated. There were no injuries.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the external canopy and decking area.

The Brigade was called at 0524 and the fire was under control at 0653.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from Hammersmith, Kensington, Chiswick, Acton and North Kensington fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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