House fire in Park Rd Chiswick destroys upper floor

Image above: Fire at house in Park Rd; photographs Steve Nutt

Eight fire crews took three hours to put it out

London Fire Brigade was called to a serious fire in Park Rd in Chiswick on Thursday 29 December.

House number 135 Park Rd, where building work was being carried out, was well alight, as these pictures show. Eight fire engines attended with some 60 firefighters from Chiswick and other nearby fire stations.

The house, opposite the junction with Lawford Rd, was surrounded by scaffolding and the fire took hold on the top storey and in the roof space. Firefighters were called at around 4.30pm. It took three hours to get the fire under control.

Owners away while house was being refurbished

Site manager Duda Mwale told The Chiswick Calendar the house was being totally refurbished and the owners had moved out while the work was being carried out.

“I feel so sorry for them” he told us. “They are pretty shaken up. We will have to re-do the whole house.”

The building contractors had completed the first phase, a loft conversion, and planned to have the rest of the work, including an extension, completed by the end of January. They were working at the site on the day of the fire and spoke to the London Fire Brigade last night.

The contractors have not been allowed back on the site yet to assess the full extent of the damage, as the electricity board are on site and they are waiting for clearance from the fire brigade that the site is safe to enter.

It is clear from the outside though that the whole roof has completely gone and, said Duda, the first floor ceilings had also been destroyed. The two houses on either site are currently cordoned off while inspectors assess the damage.

There is no indication yet as to what caused the fire. London Fire Brigade will carry out an investigation.

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