An elderly man suffered serious burns after being rescued from a fire that ripped through his ground floor flat in Fulham on Christmas Day.
The blaze caused severe damage to the property in Tom Williams House in the Clem Attlee Estate, Lillie Road, at about 9am. Four engines and twenty firefighters were sent to bring the flames under control.
Neighbours, who named the man as Joe and said he was in his 70s, said the victim suffered serious burns to his face and was initially put into an induced coma. He remains in hospital where his condition is thought to remain serious.
A caretaker on the estate, who didn't want to be named, said the man is popular and that neighbours have been asking after his welfare.
He said: "He has lived here years and is a friendly old boy. People have been coming up to me and asking if he is okay. At first I heard it didn't look good but one of his close friends has now told me he has been brought out of the coma."
Police, who are not treating the incident as suspicious, described the man's injuries as being 'life-changing'.
A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: "The fire badly damaged the ground floor flat and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from the property. He was taken to hospital suffering burns and smoke inhalation."
The caretaker said the victim struggles with his mobility and has to use a Zimmer frame. He added he thought he struggled to see through the smoke to get to his walking aid and had to be rescued by firefighters.
It is not the first time fire has hit the Clem Attlee Estate. In September, 25 people were evacuated after a blaze on the sixth floor of a 17-storey block.
And during the London riots in August, thugs set fire to bins in service areas, causing concern among neighbours who were forced to call out the brigade.
Neighbours, who named the victim as Joe, said he remained in hospital in a critical condition after being put in an induced coma