Heston fire: Woman dies jumping from flat

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A woman died jumping from the second floor of a flat in Hounslow, west London, to escape a fire in which a man was also found dead.

A man's body was found inside the property in Heston, while another two men leapt to safety from the building.

They received multiple injuries and are "stable" in hospital following the fire in Church Road at about 01:30 BST.

Another 50 people were evacuated from flats and neighbouring properties. Police said the fire was "suspicious".

Family being traced

Image caption About 50 people were evacuated from the area

A Met police spokesman said: "At this early stage it is believed that the fire started in a second floor flat before spreading to neighbouring flats."

Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command have been informed.

The victims' next of kin are being traced.

A woman, aged 44, was found in the street close to the property and pronounced dead at 02:34 by London Ambulance Service, police said.

Two men aged 18 and 37 are being treated in hospital for injuries which are said to be "not life-threatening".

Nearly 60 firefighters fought the fire, which took about three hours to bring under control.

London Fire Brigade is now searching the building.

Part of the second floor and half of the roof was damaged.

The fire was reported by police officers who were on patrol.

Pool showers

Daniel Hallissey, station manager for London Fire Brigade, said the property was badly damaged.

Hounslow Council said it is investigating as the landlord of the flat, above a halal butcher's shop, did not register it as a house of multiple occupation.

It comes as residents claimed more than one person lived in the property.

A spokesman said the council provided the use of Heston Village Hall for 26 adults and six children who had to leave their homes.

Temporary accommodation is being arranged for those who need it.

A statement said: "Food, clothing and medical assistance is being provided and Heston Leisure Centre is providing shower facilities for people evacuated due to the fire."

Heston Road and New Heston Road were closed earlier to traffic. New Heston Road remains affected.

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