Investigation Underway After Tragic House Fire Claims Five Lives in Hounslow
A tragic house fire in Hounslow, west London, has claimed the lives of five people, believed to be from the same family. Detectives and the London Fire Brigade are investigating the incident, which occurred on Sunday evening at a residence in Channel Close, Hounslow.
Emergency services were alerted at approximately 22:30 GMT, leading to a rapid response from ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters. The blaze destroyed the ground floor, first floor, and part of the roof.
Sadly, five individuals on the first floor did not survive the fire, while a sixth person remains unaccounted for. A seventh individual managed to leave the property before the arrival of emergency services, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, who oversees policing in Hounslow, expressed his condolences, saying, "My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who very sadly lost their lives in this tragic incident." He acknowledged the impact on the community and assured that efforts are underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, confirmed that children were among the victims, expressing her devastation on social media: "I am devastated to learn this morning that five people, including children, died in a fire in a house in Hounslow last night. My thoughts are with their family, friends, neighbours."
Support services, including counselling and trauma assistance, will be offered to those involved.
As investigations continue into the cause of the fire, Ch Supt Sean Wilson emphasised the commitment of the officers to provide answers. No arrests have been made at this early stage, and nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution. The wider community is grappling with the profound impact of this tragedy, as the authorities work to unravel the details surrounding the devastating incident.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 and give reference 6845/12NOV.