Fire on Uxbridge Road causes Monday morning misery
A large fire broke out near Parkfield Avenue just before 7am this morning, causing traffic chaos and misery for thousands of commuters and schoolchildren.
The affected property is said to be Tops Pizza. London Fire Brigade were called to the scene at 7.15am and deployed eight fire engines carrying 40 firefighters. A wooden struture on the roof of the property is said to have caught fire, igniting the rest of the building.
Three people were evacuated from the flat above the pizza shop and ten others were led to safety from the surrounding flats.
No traffic is able to pass along the Uxbridge Road due to closures between the Lees Road and Long Lane juntions, with consequent tailbacks stretching for miles. Long Lane is reported to be at a crawl whilst traffic flow has been affected on the A40 near Hillingdon as motorists seek alternative routes to work.
There is no suggestion of any fatalities at this stage. The exact cause of the fire is unknown but it is linked to the wooden structure on the roof.