Page last updated at 16:41 GMT, Sunday, 7 June 2009 17:41 UK

Fire crews tackle blaze at flats

Barnes Wallis Court fire
One fifth of the building's roof caught alight in the blaze. Picture: Paul Wood

A large blaze at a block of flats in north-west London has been brought under control by firefighters.

They were alerted to the flames at the three-storey Barnes Wallis Court block in Barne Hill Road, Wembley, shortly after 0700 BST.

The building was reportedly struck by lightning as storms swept over the city but London Fire Brigade has yet to confirm the cause of the fire.

No-one was seriously hurt and residents were evacuated to a nearby church.

One fifth of the building's roof caught alight and at its height 15 fire engines tackled the blaze.

The fire was brought under control by 1430 BST.

Barnes Wallis Court fire
Residents were evacuated to a nearby church. Picture: Paul Wood

Two ambulance crews attended but they were not required to treat anyone for injuries, an ambulance spokesman said.

The fire brigade said a resident alerted the fire service to the blaze.

Rain, thunder and lightning storms hit London early on Sunday morning before moving north.



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