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Pensioners flee burning homes in fire drama

PUBLISHED: 16:58 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 September 2010

Childs Hill fire in Garth House sheltered accommodation
Twelve fire engines and around 60 firefiighters remain at the scene of a fire in sheltered accommodation on Granville Road, Barnet

Fire crews led 30 people to safety and the evacuated residents have been taken to a nearby church hall. At its height, during the early hours of this morning, around 100 firefighters and 20 fire engines were tackling the blaze. The building’s roof and part of the first floor have been badly damaged. 

The Brigade was called at 0314 and the fire was surrounded by 0743. Fire crews from West Hampstead and the surrounding area are at the scene and are likely to remain there throughout the morning.

Childs Hill fire in Garth House sheltered accommodation Twelve fire engines and around 60 firefiighters remain at the scene of a fire in sheltered accommodation on Granville Road, Barnet Fire crews led 30 people to safety and the evacuated residents have been taken to a nearby church hall. At its height, during the early hours of this morning, around 100 firefighters and 20 fire engines were tackling the blaze. The building’s roof and part of the first floor have been badly damaged. The Brigade was called at 0314 and the fire was surrounded by 0743. Fire crews from West Hampstead and the surrounding area are at the scene and are likely to remain there throughout the morning.

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Pensioners were evacuated from their homes as a fire broke out in Child's Hill in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday). Some 30 elderly residents of Garth House, on Granville Road, fled in their nightshirts as the blaze caused the roof to cave in an

PENSIONERS were evacuated from their homes as a fire broke out in Child's Hill in the early hours yesterday morning (Sunday).

Some 30 elderly residents of Garth House, on Granville Road, fled in their nightshirts as the blaze caused the roof to cave in and gutted the top floor of their sheltered housing.

More than 100 firefighters and 20 fire engines rushed to battle the flames at 4am on Sunday morning.

"It's a scene of devastation," said Child's Hill councillor Jack Cohen. "I can't see the residents ever returning. "Many are elderly and confused by events, leaving the scene in their nightclothes. I am worried by how the residents are going to be relocated. They don't know if it's safe to return to get their possessions."

Many of the residents have been relocated to the Rosa Freedman Centre, in Claremont Way, while the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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