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Woman dies in hospital after fire in block of flats

Air ambulance landed in Talacre Gardens as part of emergency response

04 September, 2018 — By William McLennan

A woman has died in hospital after being injured in a fire at her home yesterday.

London’s Air Ambulance landed in Talacre Gardens on Monday afternoon after fire broke out at a flat in Harmood Street.

The 57-year-old woman, who is believed to have lived alone in a ground-floor flat in Harmood House, was rushed to hospital, where she died later that day.

Darly Hanrahan, who lives in the block, tried to help the woman, while his neighbour rang the emergency services.

“I opened the letter box and there was a lot more smoke coming out,” he said at the scene of the fire yesterday afternoon . “I wanted to boot off the door. I gave it a few kicks, but obviously it’s a really strong door.

“I wanted to break in, because I knew if she was in there she could be seriously injured.”


London’s Air Ambulance landed in Talacre Gardens 

“The fire engines were here in like five or ten minutes. They came and knocked down the door.
They said that she was inside. When they bought her out she was badly burnt. I saw her come out, she was talking, but she looked in a bad way.”

The London Fire Brigade said in a statement: “Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters were called to a fire at a block of flats in Harmood Street in Chalk Farm.

“Part of a ground floor flat was damaged by fire. One woman was treated at the scene by firefighters and London Ambulance Service crews before being taken to hospital where she sadly later died.

“The Brigade was called at 1437 and the fire was under control at 1506. Fire crews from Kentish Town, Paddington and Holloway fire stations attended the scene.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

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