Family of five dead in Hounslow fire

Image above: London Fire Brigade truck; library image

Five dead and one missing after ‘devastating’ fire

Five people including three children have died and one person is unaccounted for after a fire broke out at a house in Channel Close in Hounslow on Sunday night (12 November). All five are believed to be from the same family according to the Metropolitan police, who have opened an investigation.

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the blaze at 10.26pm on Sunday, London Fire Brigade said. The ground floor and first floors of the mid-terraced house were destroyed by the fire and part of the roof was also damaged.

Five people on the first floor of the building were pronounced dead at the scene, the brigade said. One man left the property before emergency crews arrived and was taken to hospital. One person remained unaccounted for.

The blaze was brought under control by 1.25am on Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Above: Post on X (Twitter) from LFB

“Terribly sad”

The London fire commissioner, Andy Roe, said:

“This is a terribly sad incident and the thoughts of all of us at London Fire Brigade are with the family, friends and all those affected at this difficult time.

“Staff will be in the local community today to offer support and advice where needed. The welfare of our staff is very important and all those involved will be offered support from our counselling and trauma service.”

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Ruth Cadbury MP for Isleworth and Brentford, said:

“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.”

Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“On behalf of the Council I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Channel Close, Heston, last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected during this difficult time. We are working together with our colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police to support the recovery effort.”

“Hounslow Council colleagues are conducting welfare checks with those affected and are on hand to provide assistance around the clock. If you are affected by the fire in any way, please get in touch with Ruth Walshe from London Fire Brigade, 07385 943955, Ruth.walshe@london-fire.gov.uk