Image above: A section of Channel Close in Hounslow; via Google Maps
Some residents have been moved to hotels for their own safety
Hounslow Council says it is providing “assistance around the clock” for residents affected by Sunday’s fire at a house in Hounslow in which a family of five are known to have died and one person is still unaccounted for.
Leader of Hounslow Council Shantanu Rajawat said the local authority was “conducting welfare checks with those affected”.
On Sunday night (12 November) a large fire erupted at a house in in Channel Close, burning down the first and ground floors. A neighbour on the street told reporters they thought the “whole street was going to catch alight”.
The adults who lived at the home have been named as Aroen Kishen and Seema Kishen, while one of the children has been named locally as Riyan. A tribute left on Tuesday from a Mrs Sheldon said:
“Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow at hearing the loss of three beautiful souls. Forever in our hearts! Good night and god bless.”
Hounslow Council Leader Cllr Shantanu Rajawat
Speaking to BBC Radio London Cllr Rajawat said:
“It will take some time to get into the property, make sure it’s safe to be able to work in it, so the investigations can happen. Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure other residents and their properties are secure.”
The Council leader told the BBC that these measures included moving people out of nearby houses. He said that residents were moved into hotels and “the Council is working with them very, very closely”.
An investigation is being carried out into how the fire began and the Council is working with the MetropolitanPolice and London Fire Brigade to help support the recovery efforts.
Cllr Rajawat’s full statement read:
“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, [ on Sunday] 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, on 07385 943955 or via email.”