Five Children And Woman Killed In House Fire
Five children and a woman – all believed to be part of the same family – have died after a fire engulfed their home in north west London.
The youngest victims were two boys, aged just two and five.
Three girls, aged 14, 13, and nine, and a 41-year-old woman were also killed in the blaze in Neasden.
Two other people – a 51-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl – managed to escape the two-storey semi-detached house.
They both suffered burns to their bodies and were taken to west London hospitals, where the teenage girl is said to be in a critical condition, while the man is stable.
Neighbours told Sky News how they woke to the sound of a series of explosions.
Around 30 firefighters have been battling the blaze in Sonia Gardens after being called shortly before 1am.
Station manager Glen Gorman said: “There’s no doubt this is an absolute tragedy.
“My thoughts, and those of my colleagues at the London Fire Brigade, are with friends, family and loved ones of those affected at this extremely sad and difficult time.”
A spokesman for the LFB said the fire was brought under control by 2.50am.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but Mr Gorman added: “We are now working with the police to ensure a full and thorough investigation is carried out.”