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Residents flee blaze at Tufnell Park block of flats

Thirty people evacuated as investigation begins into cause of incident

18 May, 2018 — By Ellen O’Riordan

Firefighters at Hollins House flats in Tufnell Park on Sunday

MORE than 20 firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in Tufnell Park on (Sunday) afternoon.

Residents fled to safety as rescue teams tackled the flames at Hollins House in Tufnell Park Road. A woman and her child are believed to live in the flat where the fire started. Both escaped unharmed.

Paula Silvester, 54, who lives in the second-floor flat directly above, said: “I was sleeping and the smoke woke me up. It went black and we got out.”

Ms Silvester said the fire alarm went off as she left her flat with her dog.

She said: “I was glad I was in because if I hadn’t been the dog wouldn’t have got out.”

Sanai Tesfamichael, 30, who lives with his family in a ground-floor flat three doors away, said children alerted residents to the fire.

“There were a couple of kids knocking on the door and they told us to evacuate the house,” he added.

“We could see the fire. I asked the firefighter and he told me the fire was relatively under control. When we went to the back we could actually see it burning on the first floor.”

“It’s surprising because it never happens around here. It’s also good to know that there’s a lot of kids looking out. It’s a nice neighbourhood, we feel safe.”

A statement from London Fire Brigade said that 30 people left the building before firefighters arrived. It said that fire crews from Holloway, Islington, Soho and Paddington attended the scene. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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