7 February 2018
Last night, firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a home owned by Catalyst housing association in Holland Park Gardens.
Part of a first floor flat was damaged by fire. A second floor flat was also damaged by fire. Sadly, one man was pronounced dead at the scene. Approximately eight neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
The London Fire Brigade were called at 9.44pm on Tuesday (February 6) and the fire was under control at 2.01am. Fire crews from Hammersmith, Kensington, North Kensington and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
The Council’s emergency response was triggered and a reception area with refreshments was established by Council staff at a nearby hotel. Neighbouring properties were allowed to return by approximately 3am and Catalyst provided alternative hotel accommodation for their tenants.
We have been updated through the night by the emergency services, and our local authority liaison officers attended the site. We are continuing to liaise with the housing association.
Any residents in the borough who have been affected either directly, or indirectly through trauma after the Grenfell tower tragedy, can contact staff at The Curve Community Centre or call the Care for Grenfell team on 020 7745 6414 for support.
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: “We have again woken up to very sad news in the borough and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who has tragically lost their life.
“We had our emergency officers on site throughout the night and we know emergency services once again bravely did everything they could.
“The Council will be making further resources available to ensure that anybody affected by the fire directly, or indirectly through trauma, have the help and support they need."