Early this morning (Wednesday 7th February), the emergency services notified Catalyst of a fire in one of our street properties in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, comprising six self-contained flats.
We regret to report that one of our residents has died, and we will be working closely with the emergency services to support the family and friends of the deceased.
Overnight, the London Fire Brigade worked hard to get the fire under control and it is now out and the property has been secured. Catalyst employees were on site quickly, working with the emergency services and the council’s emergency response team to support affected residents. The origins of the fire are still to be determined.
The remaining five households have either been accommodated overnight in a nearby hotel or have elected to stay with friends or family. A Catalyst customer liaison officer is offering support to them at this difficult time, and we are working towards finding long-term replacement accommodation as quickly as possible.