Firefighters tackle tower block and house fire

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Seven people have been rescued from a fire in a tower block which damaged part of a hallway on the fifth floor.

Eighty other residents of the 15-storey building in Hounslow, west London, got out before the fire brigade arrived shortly after 2203 GMT on Thursday.

Five people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by the London Ambulance Service.

Fire crews also rescued two adults and a child after tackling a blaze in a two-storey house in East Greenwich.

Six fire engines and around 30 firefighters attended the house on Fingal Street after being called at 2001 GMT on Thursday.

The fire was under control at 2138 GMT.

It is believed the fire, which damaged around half of the first floor, with smoke and water damage to the rest of the property, started in a bedroom.

Fire crews tackling the west London fire on Biscoe Close have worked with staff from Hounslow council to ensure the people from the affected floor were temporarily re-housed because the electricity supply to the floor was affected by the fire.

The fire was under control before midnight.

The cause of both fires are under investigation.

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