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Media captionA witness filmed smoke coming from a flat in the tower block in Notting Hill, with Grenfell tower seen in the foreground

A fire has broken out in a high-rise flat a short distance from the site of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters are at the scene in Darfield Way, the London Fire brigade said.

The fire on the 12th floor of Markland House was brought under control by 12:55 BST and no injuries have been reported. Its cause is not yet known.

The block of flats is under a mile from Grenfell Tower where seventy-two people died on 14 June 2017.

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About 70 firefighters were called to the tower block in Darfield Way, Notting Hill

Resident Dhin Chittenden said she cried as she ran down the steps from her flat on the 11th floor of the tower block.

The 26-year-old receptionist, who has lived in the building with her husband for a month, said she was already fearful about another Grenfell Tower-type tragedy before the fire broke out.

“I kept thinking about that. If it’s happened somewhere else then it could happen again,” she said.

Burning plastic smell

Samantha Findley, 41, smelled what she thought was burning plastic in the tower block before immediately fleeing her 10th floor flat.

“I smelled it. So I thought ‘let me get out, I’m out’. I grabbed my keys, my phone. I’m out. I’m not seeing where it is or anything. I’m out.”

London Ambulance Service urged people living near the scene of the blaze to keep their windows shut.

A cordon remains in place around the tower and a roll-call of residents is being taken to ensure everyone is out of the building.

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