A home fire in Bexleyheath, south-east London, claimed the lives of two children and two mothers.
Six fire engines and over 40 firemen were dispatched to the blaze on Hamilton Road around 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB).
Using a nine-meter ladder, crews with breathing equipment rescued two ladies and two children from the first level. According to the LFB, all four perished on the spot.
A guy was transported to the hospital after leaving the building before firemen arrived. The cause of the fire is being investigated into.
London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe remarked, “This is a very tragic occurrence that is both sad and upsetting.”
“At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the family, friends, and local community.”
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, issued a statement saying he was “heartbroken” to learn of the news.
“I’m heartbroken to learn that two women and two children tragically died in a house fire in Bexley last night,” he stated.
At this terrible time, my heart breaks for all of their loved ones and the surrounding community.
“The London Fire Brigade worked tirelessly at the scene to stop the flames, and I’m still in contact with them about their urgent investigation into this awful incident.”
Long Han, 36, a neighbor, heard screaming as flames billowed from the first level.
“The flames were so close, I thought my house was on fire,” she said.
“The flames were enormous, but they didn’t reach the house’s bottom story.”
“In the summer, we used to wave at the kids in the garden, but because to the epidemic, we couldn’t really talk to them.”
“I’m praying the police discover out what transpired.”
On Friday morning, a woman who knew the family arrived at the scene in tears.
As police escorted her behind the cordon, she was comforted by family members.
On the morning of the fire, Scott Jones, 44, passed the family on his way to school.
“I spotted the small guy on my way to school that morning,” he told the Standard. They were quite pleasant to greet.
“They had just been here for roughly five months.”
“It’s horrifying and strange.” You see flames, but this was different.
“There were flames bursting out of every window.” Everything was terrifying since it happened so quickly.
“I saw the lady being taken out of the window on the top floor.” “The father was absolutely distraught.”
“The firefighters were incredible,” he continued, “they managed to climb their ladders and went right in looking for people.” They placed their lives on the line. I’ve always respected them, but my respect for them has increased.”