Residents evacuated from London tower block blaze

Residents evacuated from London tower block blaze

A total of 130 residents were evacuated from a north-west London tower block after a fire broke out in the premises.

Fire crews were called to the 22-floor building in Swiss Cottage at around 10pm on Monday (16th January) to tackle the blaze, which partially gutted the 17th floor.

It took firefighters more than three hours to tackle the blaze, in which no-one was injured.

Station manager Rod Horton said: “This was a big block of flats and at this time of night a lot of people were inside the building.

“Crews worked extremely hard to get the fire under control and to confine the fire to the seventeenth floor.”

A fire risk assessment – which aims to identify and negate any fire hazards – must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

If a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is not carried out, the Responsible Person faces up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

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