Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters responded to a flat fire on Elm Road, Wembley.
Half of the external side of the building and all of the roof and four external balconies were damaged by fire. Residents started to evacuate in line with the buildings evacuation strategy and were assisted by firefighters upon arrival. Five adjoining blocks were also evacuated as a precaution. All residents were accounted for following the evacuation and there were no reports of any injuries.
People were advised to avoid the area as crews responded. Nearby residents were also advised to keep their doors and windows shut to stay safe from any smoke in the area. Local crews and members of our Community Engagement team are continuing to give advice to local residents and provide support.
Two of the Brigade’s 32 metre turntable ladders were used as water towers to help extinguish the fire.
Control Officers took nine calls to the fire, with the first received at 1642. The fire was under control by 2201. Firefighters from Wembley, Park Royal, Northolt and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.
The Brigade’s fire investigation team is at the scene and will remain there in the coming days to identify the cause of the fire. Initial reports can confirm that cladding was involved in the blaze.