The cause of huge fire that swept through a tower block in Shepherd’s Bush on Friday (August 19) is still under investigation.
It has been established that the blaze, which tore through three floors of Shepherd’s Court - one of the four tower blocks on Charecroft Estate, was not started deliberately.
However, Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it could not comment on rumours that the fire’s cause was a faulty tumble dryer. It says it is waiting for London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) report into the incident before commenting.
A spokesperson for the council said: “There has been considerable speculation on social media and in the local community regarding a tumble dryer being the cause of the fire.
“The publication of the official London Fire Brigade investigation report will establish the cause of the fire.”
Speaking on Monday (August 22) Cllr Sue Fennimore, head of social inclusion at H&F Council, said residents have been able to move back into most properties in the block.
She said: “Tenants on the affected floors who needed urgent temporary accommodation were housed by H&F on Friday night and over the weekend, and we are continuing to help around 20 families affected by the fire.
“The council has contacted affected residents with details of a one-stop-surgery in the local area, which will run from 9am – 1pm every day this week.
"Anyone wanting further information on the surgery, or any other issue, can contact the North Housing Office at White City on 020 8753 4808.”
She praised the work of emergency services and how they handled the situation: “I was on the ground in Shepherd’s Bush on Friday evening and over the weekend, and saw first-hand the tremendous response of the London Fire Brigade, other emergency services and local residents and businesses, who responded so brilliantly in extremely challenging circumstances.”
Miraculously, there were no serious injuries reported , with only three people needing ambulance treatment at the scene. This was despite heavy smoke and flames seen from the building and footage taken by neighbours suggesting people had been trapped inside .
LFB is leading a campaign to make it easier for people to find out if there is a faulty with their white goods. It comes after fires involving tumble dryers, including one in Harrow .
The council say any resident with concerns about their tumble dryer should contact their manufacturer.