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Fire at tower block near Grenfell sees 70 firefighters battle blaze[photos]

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The blaze at Markland House on Silchester Estate, Darfield Way is across the road from Grenfell Tower in west London

fire broke out on the 12th floor of a tower block close to Grenfell Tower with seventy firefighters called to the scene.

Pictures show black smoke emerging from the Markland House block of flats on the Silchester Estate.

The tower block is less than a five minute walk away from Grenfell Tower, where 72 people were killed in a horrific blaze in June 2017.

A witness near the scene today in Notting Hill, west London, said it ‘looks like flames are spreading’ and another said “the smoke and fire is getting tense”.

Another said an evacuation of the building was underway.

Photographs which have just emerged show firefighters inside a flat and the blaze appears to be under control.

Fire crews say they received 27 calls to the incident at around 11.40am today and are currently investigating.

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Firefighters are at the scene in west London
The fire is in a block of flats in west London 

The London Fire Brigade earlier tweeted: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to reports of smoke in Darfield Way in #NottingHill.”

A balcony on the 12th floor is alight, LFB have said.

“Crews are speaking to residents in the building to reassure them,” a spokesman added.

One social media user tweeted: “I am at work near Holland Park and all I have heard for about 20mins straight is tons of sirens going off nearby.

“Half of London’s emergency services must be dealing with something around here.”

Black smoke can be seen at the scene 
Sixty firefighters are at the scene in Darfield Way

The London Fire Brigade said in a statement: “Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to reports of a fire on a balcony at a block of flats in Darfield Way in Notting Hill.

“A balcony on the 12th floor was alight. Crews are speaking to residents in the building to reassure them. There are no reports of any injuries.

“The Brigade’s 999 control officers took 27 calls to the incident.

Met Police officers are assisting the London Fire Brigade 

“The Brigade was called at 1139 and the fire was under control by 1255 but crews will remain on scene this afternoon.

“Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Fulham, Park Royal, Chelsea, West Hampstead, Soho, Hammersmith and Chiswick fire stations attended the scene.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

Fire crews said a balcony on the 12th floor is alight
Fire crews are investigating the incident
Kensington and Chelsea Council said: “We’re aware of the fire in Darfield Way and have several officers on the scene to assess the cause.

“We will keep you informed of any updates as we receive them.”

The Metropolitan Police have tweeted: “Officers are assisting @LondonFire at an incident on Darfield Way in #NottingHill. No reports of any injuries.”

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