Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WOMAN JUMPS TO DEATH IN INFERNO; TWO KILLED AND TWO INJURED AS 'SUSPICIOUS' BLAZE ERUPTS IN FLAT'The Explosion Was like a Bomb and the Whole Street Was shaking''PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING AT THE WINDOW. ... I COULD SEE THEIR FACES''The Explosion Was like a Bomb and the Whole Street Was Shaking'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WOMAN JUMPS TO DEATH IN INFERNO; TWO KILLED AND TWO INJURED AS 'SUSPICIOUS' BLAZE ERUPTS IN FLAT'The Explosion Was like a Bomb and the Whole Street Was shaking''PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING AT THE WINDOW. ... I COULD SEE THEIR FACES''The Explosion Was like a Bomb and the Whole Street Was Shaking'

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Byline: John Dunne and Justin Davenport

A WOMAN died and two men were badly injured after they leapt from a window as a blaze tore through a second-storey flat today.

A man died inside the flat after a blast above a parade of shops in Hounslow that "shook the street".

Stuart Wells, 34, was in a pub garden overlooking the scene. He said: "Three people were screaming at the window. They were trying to break the window with a chair. There were flames and I could see their faces. It was horrific.

"The woman flung herself out of the window and crashed into a telephone box head first. It happened so quickly there was nothing anyone could do.

"The images will stay with me for the rest of my life. The explosion was like a bomb. The whole street shook."

The woman is believed to be 30. The men who also jumped, aged 18 and 37, suffered multiple injuries. Fire investigators were treating the fire as "suspicious".

More than 50 people had to be taken to safety from their homes as the flames spread through neighbouring flats and into the roof of the properties in Central Parade, just off Church Road at around 1.30am.

Two police officers who were first on the scene gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to the three victims on the ground before ambulance crews arrived.

Deelip Silwal, 26, who lives opposite the flats, said neighbours brought a mattress in an attempt to cushion the Continued on Page 7 landing, adding: "When I got outside there was a woman on the floor. There was a man, at the window. He had no choice, he just jumped. About 25 feet I would say. He fell on his feet but was on the ground unconscious, he was not moving.

"The woman, she was unconscious as well, not moving. She looked dead. Her face had no expression.

"I saw two other people at the window so one other man went to get a mattress so they could jump on to it. …

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