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© X/@emergencytimesFifteen fire engines were called and 100 firefighters were deployed to douse the fire at London’s South Kensington.
Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were called to a blaze at a terraced house in Kensington, west London on Friday morning.

Five people were rescued from the first, second, and fourth floors of the building, with 11 people taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Half of the ground floor of the five-storey building, which has been converted into flats, was still alight at around 2.20am on Friday - almost two hours after fire brigades were called.

Fifteen people escaped from the property on Emperor's Gate, south Kensington, before help arrived - with 130 residents evacuated in total.

Fire crews from Kensington, Fulham, Battersea, Hammersmith and Chelsea also fought the blaze, which was brought under control by 4.40am.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

London Fire Brigade's Steve Collins said at the scene: "The fire spread from the ground floor to the top floor and roof of the property. Crews worked extremely hard to contain it and prevent the blaze spreading to adjacent buildings.

"Road closures are in place and likely to remain well into the morning rush hour so motorists are advised to avoid the area. However, there is no impact on rail services and they will be running as normal."