RESIDENTS had to be evacuated twice in less than two weeks after separate blazes broke out in the same tower block.

The first saw 30 firefighters with six engines attend to a burning third floor flat on Saturday. About 30 people had left Gainsborough Tower, in Academy gardens, Northolt, before crews arrived at 9.40am. The flames were under control 40 minutes later.

Two ambulances and two fast response cars were sent, but nobody was badly hurt. Medics treated two people for smoke inhalation.

The cause is still under investigation but neighbours believe a candle was to blame.

A 37-year-old neighbour who asked not to be named said: "A family lives there and I heard them inside just before it happened, which meant they were awake and why they were luckily able to escape unharmed."

The blaze in the 12-storey block follows a similar incident on November 5. A small bin room on the fourth floor was damaged and the rubbish chutes were still out of use this week.

Firefighters with six engines arrived at about 4.40pm and had the flames under control about an hour later. Eight people had left before they arrived.

This time six ambulances were sent along with two fast response cars and a special team trained to cope with dangerous conditions. Nobody was hurt and the cause is still under investigation.

Neighbour Sarah Jones, 32, said: "We're used to fire engines around here on bonfire night."