Fire destroys roof of a Grade II listed Belgravia townhouse where flats sell for more than £3 million despite 80 firefighters battling for almost three hours to bring the blaze under control
- 80 firefighters battled a blaze in a listed property in Eaton Place, Belgravia
- Fire has badly damaged the building’s roof and two multi-million pound flats
- 12 fire engines from across London are at the scene to tackle the blaze
A four storey house in Belgravia where flats sell for £3 million is on fire with 80 fire fighters attempting to battle blaze.
London Fire Brigade were called to the scene on Eaton Place at 11.41am. At the height of the blaze, 12 fire engines with 80 fire fighters were at the scene.
It took firefighters almost two hours to get the blaze at the the Grade II listed Georgian property back under control.
A spokesperson for the fire service confirmed the roof of the building has been destroyed and a third and fourth floor flat have been damaged. .
Units from across London, including Clapham, Dowgate, Soho and Hammersmith had been deployed to the scene.
80 firefighters from across London are currently battling a blaze in a Grade II listed building on Eaton Square in Belgravia. Flats in the building can sell for more than £3.5 million
Firefighters used a specialised aerial pump ladder to accurately spray water on the fire in the roof
Some 12 fire engines and a command unit have attended the scene of the blaze on Eaton Place this lunchtime
Roads have been closed as firefighters battle the blaze in an attempt to stop it spreading
The average cost of flats in Eaton Place in Belgravia is almost £3 million
According to London Fire Brigade: ‘Firefighters are tackling a fire in the roof of a four storey residential block of flats. A significant part of the roof and a flat on the fourth floor is alight.
‘The Brigade’s Control Office has received 26 calls about the fire.’
In a later update, the spokesperson confirmed: ‘Firefighters tackled a fire at a five storey residential town house, where all of the roof, part of a flat on the third and part of a flat on the fourth floor were destroyed by the fire.’
LFB was called at 11.41am and the fire was brought under control by 2.37pm, however several crews remained on the scene to dampen down the area to prevent the fire flaring up again.
Residents in the area had been advised to keep their doors and windows shut due to smoke, while motorists should avoid Belgravia as a result of road closures around Eaton Place.
The cause of the blaze has not yet been identified. There have been no reports yet of any injuries.
Theo Coen, 18, who lives in the road, said he woke up at 11.30am to the sound of ‘crackling’.
He added: ‘My mum says there’s a fire and we leave the place and we just see that the fire is going round. It’s not too long until the police come, the firemen, ambulances.’
Firefighters sued a specialist pump ladder to spray water directly onto the listed building’s roof
Bystanders looked up at the blaze as it ripped through the Grade II listed building
Some 80 firefighters and 12 fire engines from across London have attended the scene
London Fire Brigade said building’s roof has been extensively damaged
The leasehold properties on Eaton Place are Grade II listed and regularly sell for several millions
Several roads in the area where closed off as firefighters dealt with the blaze
Residents in the area have been advised to remain with their doors and windows shut to prevent smoke from entering their properties