Search

Investigation launched after fire at Kidderpore Avenue flat in Hampstead

18:53 14 January 2014

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, this afternoon

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, this afternoon

Archant

An investigation has been launched after a fire broke out in a top floor flat in Hampstead this afternoon.

Firefighters use an aerial ladder as they tackle the blaze in Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, this afternoonFirefighters use an aerial ladder as they tackle the blaze in Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, this afternoon

The fire brigade was called to the converted house in Kidderpore Avenue, off Heath Drive, after one tenant spotted smoke billowing from the roof at 1.12pm.

Five people living in flats inside the house made a lucky escape from the property and no injuries were reported.

Four engines with crews from West Hampstead, Finchley and Kentish Town attended the blaze which quickly engulfed part of the roof and the top floor, and was described as “very difficult” to extinguish.

The fire was finally brought under control shortly after 2pm.

But crews at the scene are still removing roof tiles and inspecting the damaged roof over fears the fire could have spread further than thought.

David Shine, 20, a student, who lives in one of the flats with his mother, was the first person to raise the alarm.

He said: “This is the second time it’s happened to me in two years, although the first time was much worse. It’s a pretty hard time right now.”

His mother, Michelle Shine, said she called the fire brigade after she spotted smoke coming from the roof.

She said: “The fire crews were here within five minutes. I don’t really know how it started, and I don’t really want to speculate at the moment because it’s still under investigation.”

The fire brigade watch manager at the scene said: “All the crews worked really, really hard to deal with it and if we hadn’t of been here quickly it could have done a lot more damage.

“Luckily these people had a smoke alarm which is so important because if something like this happens they’ll be aware of the fire immediately.”

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said temporary accommodation would be organised for the tenants in the flats while the investigation is ongoing.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

15:00
Lord Dubs      Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Dozens of politicians, religious leaders, charity heads and cultural groups in Camden have signed a letter pleading with Home Secretary Amber Rudd to change her mind on settling child refugees in Britain.

Lara Casalotti

A year ago, Belsize Park student Lara Casalotti was in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

09:57
The crash in England's Lane                Picture: Francoise Lamouche

A car crashed and flipped over in Belsize Park last night.

Yesterday, 17:49
Nazanin with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella

West Hampstead mum Nazanin has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck, who said that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment

Yesterday, 13:14
Gakleen Shahata

Police are increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a deaf woman with learning difficulties after she went missing from a church in Golders Green.

Yesterday, 12:50
The new community centre designed by architects RCKa

The director of a community centre in Highgate Newtown is celebrating his services being saved - thanks to private

Yesterday, 11:37
The Magic Paintbrush will be performed at Jacksons Lane

A Highgate multi-arts venue has announced its spring season and it is bursting at the seams with shows for all the family.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Professor Emma Morris in her laboratory at the Royal Free. Photo: Anna Behrmann

Anna Behrmann speaks to Professor Emma Morris, part of a team of researchers who are genetically modifying patients’ immune cells to find tumours and kill them

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now