LFBTwo people died and two were treated in hospital for multiple injuries following a major flat fire in London earlier this week.

One person was found in the street close to the burning flat in Church Road, Hounslow, west London, and pronounced dead. A second was found dead inside the flat during a search by firefighters.

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said an 18-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were also taken to St Mary's hospital as a priority where they were treated for multiple injuries.

Three people are believed to have jumped from the burning building before firefighters arrived shortly after 1.30am on Wednesday [10 July], a spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said.

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters battled to control the blaze, which took several hours to extinguish.

The fire is believed to have started in a flat above a shop before spreading to the roof and neighbouring flats.

About 50 people who were evacuated from the flats and nearby properties were being moved to emergency accommodation by the local authority. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Four ambulance crews, three duty officers, a hazardous area response team and the medical team from the local air ambulance in a car also attended the scene.