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Eccleston Square fire: Crews rescue 17 from flats

Seventeen people have been rescued from a fire in a house which had been converted to flats in central London.

About half of the second, third and fourth floors were damaged in the five-storey building at Eccleston Square, near Victoria station.

Six residents had been stranded on the roof, while four others trapped on the third floor were taken to safety down a 13.5m (44ft) ladder.

Three of the 17 needed medical treatment at the scene.

Forty firefighters from six fire stations were sent to the blaze at 0340 GMT and it took two hours for them to bring it under control.

It had been "a successful rescue operation", London Fire Brigade said.

An investigation has begun to establish the cause of the blaze.

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