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Around 70 firefighters are tackling a serious fire at student halls at Brunel University in Uxbridge.

Ten fire engines were called to the flats in Kingston Lane at 4.07pm this afternoon (Tuesday, October 9).

Part of a flat on the first floor of the building is currently alight, the London Fire Brigade has said.

Fire crews from Hillingdon, Hayes, Southall, Northolt, Ruislip and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage,” a spokesman for the brigade said.

It is not yet known if anyone has been injured as a result of the blaze.

If you are at the scene please call our reporter Sam Truelove on 07388 962965.

For the latest updates on this breaking news story follow our live blog below.

Brunel University fire: 50 students fled halls of residence after ventilation system caught fire

Around 50 students fled their halls of residence at Brunel University in Uxbridge after a serious fire broke out.

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a building part of the Lancaster Complex , on Kingston Lane, at 4.07pm on Tuesday (October 9).

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) battled flames on the third floor of the building for three hours, and had the fire under control at 7.07pm.

An extraction system cupboard on the first, second and third floors of the building was damaged by fire, LFB confirmed after.

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Black, thick smoke rages from a window
Black, thick smoke rages from a window (Image: @This_Is_Bo)

Boris Johnson 'very pleased' no one was hurt in fire

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has said he is “very pleased” to hear no body was hurt in the fire.

Here is what was damaged in the fire

The London Fire Brigade has said an extraction system cupboard on the first, second and third floors of the building was damaged by fire.

Around 50 people left the building before firefighters arrived.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

An LFB statement reads;

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at a student accommodation block in Kingston Lane in Uxbridge.

A extraction system cupboard on the first, second and third floors of the building was damaged by fire.

Approximately 50 people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade. There were no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade was called at 1607 and the fire was under control at 1907. Fire crews from Hillingdon, Hayes, Southall, Northolt, Ruislip and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire 'not suspicious', say police

The Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed they were called to the campus earlier today.

A spokesman for the force said: “We were called at 4.24pm to reports of a fire. The fire has now been extinguished and emergency services remain at the scene.

“It’s not reported to be suspicious and there are no reported injuries.”

Footage shows aftermath of the fire

Fire engines remain on scene and a cordon still in place.

Fire now under control

Brunel has confirmed the fire is now under control, and that no one was injured in the blaze.

Alternative accommodation has been found for those living in the Borough Road Hall side of the Lancaster Complex.

Thick, black smoke coming out window

Twitter user @This_Is_Bo took the below picture of the fire earlier today.

Thick, black smoke can be seen coming out from one of the building’s windows.

(Image: @This_Is_Bo)

Emergency services still on the scene

One Brunel University student has sent us in these pictures, which show several emergency service vehicles still on scene at the campus, hours after the fire brigade were initially called.

'I did worry if it was in my room'

Venetia Abrahamian, first year student reading psychology at the university, was in Uxbridge at the time the fire broke out but returned to find fire engines on the campus.

The 18-year-old said: “The first thing I thought of was I hope everyone is OK. I did worry if it was in my room. “I hope everyone is alright.”

Below is a photo which shows the cordon erected because of the fire.

A cordon has been erected at Brunel University
A cordon has been erected at Brunel University

Building home to nearly 500 students

Getwestlondon understands the building on fire is one of the student halls within the Lancaster Complex.

Situated at the heart of the campus, and completed in September 2006, the Lancaster Complex consists of 498 rooms, divided into 54 flats of up to 10 residents who have shared use of a large communal kitchen/diner.

It costs £149.14 per week to live there, or £5,668.46 for a 38 week contract.

Most rooms include a bed, desk, chest of draws, wardrobe and a toilet.

'Students just hanging around'

A man who was at the campus moments ago has said there is still a heavy emergency service presence in the area.

The man, who did not wish to be named, told Getwestlondon: “I was just coming through campus and there is a fair amount of fire brigade activity still.

“There are a lot of students just hanging around the halls and there are a lot of security guys, police and a police helicopter overhead.

“The cordon was fairly wide so I couldn’t get that close but it [the fire] is coming from one of the back halls. Someone told me it started small but then spread.”

The man added that the “fire seems to be under control”.

Smoke can be seen billowing in the air
Smoke can be seen billowing in the air (Image: Ethan Sweet)

What is happening at the scene?

Get West London has been sent the following pictures.

Flames can be seen billowing in the air from a distance, while we have also been sent a photo of one of the fire engines at the scene.

Stay safe, everyone.

Part of a first floor flat is alight
Part of a first floor flat is alight (Image: Ethan Sweet)
10 fire engines have been called to tackle the fire
10 fire engines have been called to tackle the fire (Image: Ethan Sweet)

Third floor of building alight

The London Fire Brigade originally said part of a flat on the first floor of the building was alight.

They have now confirmed that the fire is actually on the third floor of the building.

Brunel confirm firefighters are tackling fire

Brunel has confirmed firefighters are tackling a fire on campus.

Video from the scene

Where is the fire?

Around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines have been called to a serious fire at student halls at Brunel University, on Kingston Lane, in Uxbridge.

What we know so far

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of this breaking incident.

Around 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines have been called to a serious fire at student halls at Brunel University in Uxbridge.

Part of a flat on the first floor of the building, on Kingston Lane, is alight.

Fire crews from Hillingdon, Hayes, Southall, Northolt, Ruislip and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

It is not yet known if anyone has been injured as a result of the blaze.

We will bring you more updates as we get them.

(Image: Ethan Sweet)