London Fire Brigade are set to remain at the scene of the fire in South Kensington today. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Eleven people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a five-storey house in London.

Around 130 residents were evacuated from Emperor’s Gate, in South Kensington, after fire spread from a ground-floor flat in the early hours of the morning.

Those taken to hospital have reportedly been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Around 100 firefighters and fifteen fire engines were called to the blaze and the London Fire Brigade (LFB) have said the fire is now under control.

Borough commander Ben King said the fire started just after midnight and has been ”incredibly challenging”.

Station commander Steve Collins, who was at the scene, said: “The fire spread from the ground floor to the top floor and roof of the property. Crews worked extremely hard to contain it and prevent the blaze spreading to adjacent buildings.”

There is also a heavy police presence on the ground with many road closures around the scene of the fire.

Council staff from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea were providing assistance and shelter for those impacted at a nearby hotel.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but the LFB have said they will remain on the scene until at least this afternoon.


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