Over 35 people rescued from a fire in North Kensington

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Dozens of people were rescued from a fire in North Kensington, on Saturday morning. Fire crews rescued two people from their balconies using ladders while the rest of the occupants were led to safety through the building. A total of 50 people were evacuated from the tower block on Appleford Road, with 16 people being taken to hospital as a precaution.

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London Fire Brigade Station Manager, Jim Smith, who was at the scene said: “A flat on the fourth floors was completely alight and smoke was pouring from a window. Control officers did a brilliant job keeping residents calm and ensuring those who were trapped or couldn’t move were in the safest place while firefighters reached them. Crews worked quickly to bring the fire under control and rescue 50 people.”

The fire within the tower block damaged both the third and fourth floors and has left a dozen flats inhabitable for several days. The cause of the fire is not yet known and is still being investigated.

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