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Flat wrecked by flames as couple flee burning home in Camden Town

17 May, 2018 — By William McLennan

Two people escaped a burning building in Camden Town this afternoon.

Flames destroyed much of the maisonette in Plender Street after a fire broke out at around 2pm.

Firefighters at the scene said the two occupants of the burnt-out flat had fled for safety before the brigade arrived.

Hope Stevens, who lives a few doors from the blaze, ran back into the building to alert her housemates after seeing flames shoot from a first-floor window.

She said: “I was out in the garden. I heard someone shout fire, jump. When I looked round there was flames coming out [of the window]. Then I ran up stairs and got them.”

Her housemates, all students at UCL, were able to leave the building unharmed.

Olivia Day said: “We heard shouting outside, then glass smashing. We didn’t really think anything of it. Then we looked out the window and there was people in the street shouting fire.”

A neighbour who lives opposite said: “The flames were going up to the flat above. The woman in there looked saw the flames and went running out. She left the doors open, so it’s luck there isn’t another flat burnt.”

Two people are being assessed by paramedics for signs of smoke inhalation. London Fire Brigade investigators are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The brigade said that the entire first floor of the flat was damaged by flames.

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