Three people have died after a car crashed into a residential block in Notting Hill, west London.
The incident happened in Great Western Road in the early hours of this morning, the Metropolitan Police said.
Emergency services were called to the site of the crash around 4.50am and found the vehicle on fire.
The flames were extinguished but three people were pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness who lives on the road told LBC they saw a neighbour run out to try to help the people in the burning car.
“It’s a shock – you don’t expect something like that to happen,” they said.
“There’s no words. It’ll stay with us for a while.”
Manuel Gaspar, who owns a cleaning company near the scene, told the Evening Standard that a man rushed out with no shirt on to try to help those in the car
He said: “I saw a brave neighbour who had just woken up and didn’t have a shirt on.
“He was trying to get into the passenger door.
“All the other doors were stuck or too damaged.”
Another told the newspaper they saw the car “shoot past” driving fast over a bridge despite the weather being foggy.
Police officers are working to identify the deceased and inform their families.
Detectives from the Serious Collision Unit have asked for any witnesses or those with dashcam footage to come forward.
It is thought that no other cars were involved in the crash and several residents were evacuated from the building as a precaution.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Firefighters were called to reports a car had collided with a sheltered accommodation block. The vehicle was alight when crews arrived.
“Crews tackled the fire and led nine people to safety from the block via an internal staircase.
“Three people in the vehicle were sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”
Police officers have set up a cordon blocking off either side of Great Western Road.
Six officers are on the scene to redirect pedestrians and traffic. The cordon at the junction of Harrow Road and Great Western Road is expected to be in place for several hours.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting the reference CAD 917/14 Sept.