Fire crews spent more than four hours this morning working to bring a large fire at a terraced house in central London under control.
Station Manager Jim Morford who was at the scene said: "When they arrived firefighters were confronted with a large fire in a terraced town house and they worked hard through the night to stop it from spreading to neighbouring properties. Nine people were led to safety and the buildings on either side of the affected house were evacuated as a precaution."
London Fire Brigade was called at 1.27am and the fire was under control by 5.55am. Crews from Soho, Lambeth, Euston, Paddington, North Kensington, Kensington, West Hampstead, Kentish Town and Clapham fire stations attended the incident.
The brigade is likely to remain at the scene this morning damping down the fire and carrying out salvage work. The cause is not yet known and an investigation will be carried out.
Nine people had to be evacuated from a house in central London, after a fire took hold in several floors of a five-storey building.
Ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters and officers went to the blaze in a terraced house on Wimpole Street in Marylebone, W1, during the early hours of this morning. Two turntable ladders were also used to help fight the flames from above.
The fire affected the second, third, fourth and fifth floors of the five storey building, as well as its roof. Of those helped to safety, three people were assessed by London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.
The London Fire Brigade has said that more than 70 firefighters are dealing with a "large" fire in Marylebone, central London.
Footage shows blaze still burning in 'large' London fire, according to a witness who has captured video of the scene.
Sentencing Rakesh Bhayani for the murder of Carole Waugh, Mr Justice Wilkie said he "ruthlessly targeted" Ms Waugh and "left her body to rot".
He said the murder and subsequent dumping of the body was done with "greed, callousness and total lack of any regard" for her.
The murder was "arising out of an argument about money", and the judge described Ms Waugh as a "risk-taker and manifestly vulnerable to conmen".
He said: "Without a second thought, you calmly and comprehensively set about stealing her identity.
"You took steps to ensure her body would not be found for a sufficient time."
Mr Justice Wilkie said Bhayani embarked on the complete "asset-stripping of her persona".
Ms Waugh's family were in court for the sentencing and heard the murder was "not premeditated or pre-planned".
Conman Rakesh Bhayani has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years for murdering wealthy Carole Waugh, dumping her body in a car and spending her money.
Police described Bhayani as "a confidence trickster who murdered her with the sole intention of stripping her assets and the belongings she had worked hard for".
A conman has been found guilty of murdering a wealthy woman who was stabbed to death in her flat and whose body was hidden in the boot of a car. 41-year-old Rakesh Bhayani was convicted of killing Carole Waugh.
Co-accused, Nicholas Kutner, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of perverting the course of justice by concealing the death.
Carole Waugh, 49, died at her flat in Marylebone, central London.
Her body was placed in a bag, which was carried to a car. The vehicle was initially stored in a central London car park, then left in a rented garage in New Malden, south London.