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Faulty fuse boxes cause 5 house fires a week

Faulty fuse boxes are causing five house fires a week in the capital, according to new figures by the London Fire Brigade.

London Fire Brigade say faulty fuse boxes are to blame for 5 house fires a week Credit: ITN

They say defective wiring and components are behind the problem. New regulations are being announced which will require them to be flame proof from 2015.

There's been a five fold increase in fires started by fuse boards over five years.

It's believed the increase is because many homes have installations subject to product recall.

Also, sometimes the wiring is not fitted properly at the time the unit is installed.

Find out here if your fuse box unit is on the London Fire Brigade recall list.

Man dies in house fire

An elderly man has died in hospital after being pulled from a burning house.

Firefighters had rescued the man from a first-floor bedroom at the semi-detached house in Norbury, south London, early this morning.

A brigade spokesman said: "Sadly he later died in hospital."

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters tackled the blaze in Norbury Crescent after they were called at 4.26am.They found a large part of the ground floor already alight and battled for 45 minutes to contain the flames. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

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Postmortems to be carried out after Hounslow fire

Police are continuing to investigate after two people died following a fire at a flat in Heston. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated - at this stage it is being treated as unexplained.

Two people have died and two are being treated in hospital for multiple injuries following a flat fire in Heston, West London. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Two people died and two are being treated in hospital for multiple injuries after the fire at a second floor flat in Church Road, Heston, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Postmortem examinations for both people who died are scheduled to take place tomorrow at Uxbridge Mortuary.

Police treating fire as suspicious

Police are treating the fire in Church Road, Heston, as suspicious Credit: ITN

A fire that killed two people at a flat in west London is being treated as suspicious, police said.

Two people died and two are being treated in hospital for multiple injuries after the fire at a second floor flat in Church Road, Heston, in the early hours of this morning.

Police said both men who were taken to hospital remain in a serious condition but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

An 18-year-old man and a 37 year old man were taken to St Mary's Hospital and the 18 year old has since been transferred to a west London hospital.

30 year old woman believed to be one of the dead

A 30 year old woman is thought to be one of the two killed in the fire Credit: ITN

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said a 30 year old woman is believed to be one of the two people found dead, while police confirmed that the two patients being treated in hospital are a 37 year old man and an 18 year old man.

The London Ambulance Service spokeswoman added that four ambulance crews, three duty officers, a hazardous area response team and the medical team from the local air ambulance in a car all attended the scene.

The fire was first reported by police officers who spotted it while patrolling the area. Local road closures are in place while firefighters investigate the blaze.

Eight fire engines and around 58 firefighters battled to control the blaze which has now been extinguished, the London Fire Brigade said.

The fire is believed to have started in a flat above a shop Credit: ITN

The fire is believed to have started in a flat above a shop before spreading to the roof and neighbouring flats.

Around 50 people who were evacuated from the flats and nearby properties are being moved to emergency accommodation by the local authority.

Three people jumped from burning building

Three people are believed to have jumped from the burning building before firefighters arrived shortly after 1.30am, a spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said.

An injured person was found in the street close to the burning flat in Church Road, Hounslow, in west London, and pronounced dead.

A second person was found dead inside the flat during a search by firefighters, Scotland Yard said.

A man believed to be 18 years old and a man believed to be in his 30s were taken to St Mary's Hospital as a priority where they are being treated for multiple injuries, the London Ambulance Service said.

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Ben Fogle's parents' house involved in Kensington fire

TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle has thanked the London Fire Service after he revealed that his parents' house was one of the homes caught on fire at Kensington yesterday.

72 firefighters tackle blaze

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers are attending a fire at a house under refurbishment on Campden Grove, W8. The whole of the three storey building is alight. Part of the roof of a neighbouring property is also on fire.

London Fire Brigade Station Manager Rhodri Horton, who is at the scene said:

“When crews arrived they were faced with a rapidly developing fire affecting the whole of a three storey house under refurbishment. Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control.

"A mother and a daughter from a neighbouring property escaped into their garden. Fire crews used a ladder to get them over a fence and away to safety. Thankfully they were both uninjured.”

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