LONDON: Five people, including three children, all believed to be members of the same family, were killed in a tragic house fire in west London, the fire service and police said Monday.
The incident occurred in a mid-terraced property near Heathrow Airport, with emergency services responding to the call around 10:30 pm on Sunday.
The cause of the fire remains unknown, and authorities are conducting investigations to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. There is no immediate indication that Diwali fireworks, which the family had reportedly been letting off earlier in the evening, were responsible for the blaze, according to a neighbor.
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Fire crews and police discovered the bodies of the five victims inside the house, while a sixth person managed to exit before the emergency services arrived. However, a seventh person remains unaccounted for.
Felica Matei, a neighbor, dismissed the idea that Diwali fireworks were linked to the fire, stating to the Evening Standard newspaper that the family’s fireworks display occurred earlier in the evening.
The fire extensively damaged the ground and first floor of the property, and emergency services managed to bring the situation under control by 1:25 am on Monday, as confirmed by the London Fire Brigade.