May 24 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Tom Parker Bowles was among those evacuated from his home during a fire at a large empty house in Bayswater.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s son was woken in the early hours of this morning when a blaze ripped through the five-storey property on Palace Court Road at 1am.
About 60 firefighters battled the flames.
Journalist Parker Bowles, 38, who took shelter in a neighbour’s home with his wife and two young children, said the incident had brought out the “best of British” spirit.
He said: “It must have been about 1.30am when officers came in to get us all out. The kids were still in their pyjamas.
“We have some very nice neighbours who took us in after we were evacuated.
“The police and fire brigade were exemplary. I really cannot praise them enough. They did a perfect job.
“Incidents like this really do bring out the best of British.
“We’ve been able to go back and pick up some essentials but we won’t be able to return until tonight.”
Some 25 fire engines and two aerial appliances were involved in the operation to tackle the blaze, with firefighters from nine stations across the capital.
Damage was caused to every floor of the building as well as a basement and part of the roof, the London Fire Service said.
No one was hurt and an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the blaze, it added.