Tenants evacuated from Holloway tower block after fire
Around 200 residents had already left the block when fire brigade arrived
18 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
Fire fighters outside the council block near the Emirates Stadium. Photo: Shulem Stern on Twitter
FIRE fighters used ladders to help people escape a small fire in a tower block in Holloway in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).
The fire affected only a flat on the second floor of Hind House, on the Harvist estate in Hornsey Road, but with the disastrous Grenfell Tower blaze fresh on people’s minds, 200 residents had already left the building when the fire brigade arrived shortly after 1.30am.
Fire crews helped five people escape via ladders. The blaze was under control two hours later.
According to witness Shulem Stern, one woman received treatment from the London Ambulance Service after she jumped out of a second floor window.
He said neighbours offered those affected hot and cold drinks.
Councillor Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s housing chief, visited the estate this afternoon. “The early signs are that the building did its job in preventing the spread of the fire. We have had a concierge on site since 8am to assist residents,” he said.
London Fire Brigade station manager John Ryan, who was at the scene, said he wanted to reassure those fearful over their safety, particularly after the blaze in North Kensington, which has left scores of people dead.
“When crews arrived, although it was a small fire it was creating quite a bit of smoke and residents were understandably concerned.” he said. “Firefighters used ladders to help five people down from the building and then quickly extinguished the fire.
“I want to reassure residents that this was a small fire which we easily contained. Obviously, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower is in everyone’s minds at the moment but there some simple steps that we can all do which will help keep us safe.
“Firstly, ensure your home has plenty of smoke alarms and test them regularly. If you discover a fire in your home, call 999 straight away and make sure you alert everyone in your household and close any doors behind you as you make your way out. This will help to slow the spread of fire and smoke through the property.”
Eight fire engines from Holloway, Kentish Town, Soho, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Islington fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.