Fire breaks out on balcony of flat block opposite Grenfell Tower as 60 firefighters rush to the scene

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Fire breaks out on balcony of flat block opposite Grenfell Tower as 60 firefighters rush to the scene 15

Around 60 firefighters have rushed to a block of flats opposite Grenfell Tower after a fire was spotted on a balcony.

Smoke was seen rising from a balcony around half-way up a tower block in Darfield Way, North Kensington shortly before midday.

Fire crews appear to have arrived before the blaze could spread anywhere else in the building, and firefighters were visible on the balcony shortly after midday.

The building is around 200 meters from Grenfell Tower, which is currently covered in scaffolding following the horrific blaze which killed 72 people in June 2017.

 

Around 60 firefighters are at the scene of a fire at a tower block opposite Grenfell Tower

Around 60 firefighters are at the scene of a fire at a tower block opposite Grenfell Tower

Firefighters could be seen on the balcony where the fire was first spotted before midday

Firefighters could be seen on the balcony where the fire was first spotted before midday

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said: ‘Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to reports of smoke in Darfield Way in Notting Hill.

‘Fire crews are currently investigating.

‘The Brigade’s 999 control officers have taken 25 calls to the incident.

‘The Brigade was called at 1139. Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Fulham, Park Royal, Chelsea, West Hampstead, and Soho fire stations are at the scene.’

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