On Thursday 25th October authorities were alerted to an office fire in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Late last month, firefighters from Kensington, Soho, Battersea, and Chelsea were called to an office fire after reports of heavy smoke.
The office fire on Kings Road in Chelsea required a total of four fire engines, with about 25 firefighters who attended the scene to tackle the blaze at around 3:15 pm.
As a result of the thick plumes of smoke, 20 people were evacuated from inside the office above the fire’s origin, upon being alerted to the incident. Alarmingly, the black smoke could be seen rising out from the building’s basement. Therefore, neighbouring properties were also evacuated as a precaution.
Furthermore, for the fire brigade to attend to the fire, nearby roads were closed and bus routes diverted. Reports of the cause of the fire were thought to have been through an electrical appliance, alight in the basement.
Later, it was confirmed that the office fire actually originated in the basement of the building where the car park is located. The electrical substation of the car park had been the cause. A fault in the substation had been found and was consequently badly damaged. Luckily, no injuries have been reported. However, no comments have been made regarding the state of the cars parked in the basement.
Original Sources: London Fire Brigade | Get West London | Kensington & Chelsea Police