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Evacuation from Wendover on the Aylesbury Estate after fire

Police, fire officers and an air ambulance were called to the Aylesbury Estate this evening, after smoke was seen billowing from Wendover block.

It has been confirmed by the Met that no one was found injured.

Sister Catherine Msoni, manager of a foodbank located in Thurlow Lodge (at the ground floor of Wendover), said more than 50 people gathered as residents were evacuated.

“A lot of people were standing watching the big fire. People came around from Burgess Park to watch what was going on,” Sister Catherine said.

“It was at about 5.30pm, near the corner of the block, on the side where the hall is based, opposite the park.

“Someone told me they heard a ‘boom boom boom’

“A homeless man came running into our office and told us about there was a fire.”

She added that the fire was put out by about 6.30pm.

“It only took them about fifteen minutes to put it out. We don’t know what caused it, but I think it was coming from the balcony walkway, not from someone’s flat.”

The London Fire Brigade were unavailable for comment.

A police spokesman gave the following statement to the News: “Police assisted the London Fire Brigade on Saturday, May 27 at 6:05pm following a fire at a block of flats in Thurlow Street.

“Residents from the building were evacuated as a precaution.

“No one was found to be injured. LFB dealt with the blaze.

“Enquiries into the circumstances and the cause of the fire are ongoing. No arrests.”






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