‘Flames were flying out of the window’: Firefighters tackle blaze in St Luke’s Estate
- Credit: Archant
Sixty firefighters tackled a blazing flat on an estate off Old Street on Monday, May 18.
The maisonette flat on the sixth and seventh floors of a block on St Luke’s Estate in Bath Street was destroyed by the fire, and part of a four-room flat on the eighth floor was also damaged.
Around 80 tenants evacuated the block before firefighters arrived and put out the blaze – and no-one was reported injured.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) investigators believe the fire was caused by sunlight which refracted off a mirror and ignited curtains in the bedroom.
John Usher, 47, who has lived on the ground floor for 20 years, told the Gazette: “It was scary, just horrible to see it going up and catching the flat above. Everyone was wondering whose flat it was.
You may also want to watch:
“All of a sudden there was an explosion – flames were flying out of the window.”
John said Bunhill ward councillor Troy Gallagher and St Luke’s Estate resident Cllr Una O’Halloran helped calm everyone at the scene, and firefighters did an “amazing” job.
- 1 Man killed in 'shooting' in north London
- 2 Thousands of care home staff yet to be vaccinated in London
- 3 Appeal to find four children missing from north London with father and grandmother
- 4 Man killed and two injured in triple shooting
- 5 Sadiq Khan warns of flooding threat to Islington from climate emergency
- 6 Letters on People Friendly Streets in St Peter's
- 7 Finsbury Park man arrested on suspicion of second north London murder
- 8 Islington: Housing team failed to answer 50% of calls during lockdown
- 9 Helen Anderson: Finsbury Park murder victim's father pays tribute to his daughter
- 10 Islington kids are being 'drawn into county lines drug smuggling'
He also said Islington Council’s head of neighbourhood services Billy Wells was “brilliant” in sourcing temporary accommodation for those who needed it.
Another tenant, Nicola Rodrigues, tweeted: “Be grateful for life, you never know what’s around the corner. Thankfully no one was hurt [and the London Fire Brigade] did a fantastic job.”
Cllr Gallagher told the Gazette: “We had a fire on St Luke’s Estate last night. Everyone was out in about seven minutes. There were no fatalities, thank God. I’m grateful to the London Fire Brigade, police and Billy Wells and his estate team.
“I understand three individuals lived in the flat that was burned, and they were at work.”
Cllr Gallagher said ten to 20 people had to be housed in temporary accommodation last night, but it was hard to get hotel spaces due to the lockdown so some people were sent to Chelsea and Westminster.
An LFB spokesperson said: “These sorts of fires are not as rare as you would think, fires caused by refracted sunlight can happen all year round and are actually quite common.
“Our advice is to make sure that you keep mirrors, crystals, glass ornaments and other reflective items out of direct sunlight at all times.”