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Fire in high-rise next to Grenfell Tower

A FIRE broke out in a residential high-rise block next to Grenfell Tower yesterday morning, writes eyewitness and the Star’s Parliamentary reporter Lamiat Sabin.

 

 

Flames could be seen in the balcony of a flat on the 12th floor of the 21-storey Markland House on the Silchester Estate at around 11.30am.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. No injuries were reported, according to Scotland Yard.

On seeing the flames from a flat on the nearby Lancaster West Estate, the Star’s reporter called 999 and fire crews could be heard to be already on their way. 

The tower on Darfield Way is situated opposite the site where the covered charred remains of Grenfell Tower stands.

At least eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been sent to the scene, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Markland House is not covered in any cladding.

The combustible cladding on Grenfell Tower caught fire on 14 June 2017 and 72 residents were killed.

Resident Samantha Findley told the Press Association that she left the building as soon as she realised there was a fire.

Pointing towards Grenfell Tower she said: “That was my first instinct when I smelled smoke. Everyone is thinking of Grenfell.”

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