The block on fire in West Hampstead. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

The block on fire in West Hampstead. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

West Hampstead fire is now ‘under control’: Eight fire crews were called yesterday to blazing balconies in Orwell Building

Neighbours have described the terrifying moment fire ripped through four balconies in a new build West Hampstead block this morning.

One woman, Teuta, lives in the Orwell flats with her husband and their three children, ages two, six and 10.

She told the Ham&High: “The school called to say that one of the flats was on fire because a teacher knows I live in the block. By the time I got back the whole building was on fire. It was horrible because I’m a refugee and I have seen my house and my neighbours’ houses burned down before.”

Eight fire crews and 58 firefighters and officers were scrambled to the scene at 11.25am yesterday. London Fire Brigade said the first crew arrived within three minutes.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, and it is not known whether anyone is injured, although London Ambulance Service confirmed on Twitter it had not treated any patients.

The brigade is confirmed it had brought to have the incident under control at 1.10pm, but a source at the scene said it would be well over an hour before crews were stood down.