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Tributes paid to woman after fatal fire in Finsbury Park

One man was taken to hospital by ambulance but his condition is not known

26 October, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

A woman was pronounced dead by fire crews after a blaze in a four-storey block in a Finsbury Park estate at lunchtime on Saturday.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus found the woman, named locally as Beatrice Yankson, dead on the second floor but were able to rescue one man, believed to be her son, via an internal staircase in Mingard Walk. He is currently being treated in hospital and his condition is unknown.

Mohammed Nazari, who has lived in the Andover for more than 20 years, said of Beatrice: “I knew her. We would say hello and talk for 20 minutes or maybe an hour. She was a very friendly woman. She has lived here for as long as I have.”

One neighbour said he heard “screaming and shouting” outside. A man was seen at the window as smoke poured out behind and people were yelling at him to jump out, Mr Nazari added.

“Men starting trying to break down the door but they couldn’t do it,” Mr Nazari said.

Smoke coming out of a bedroom in the house where it is alleged that a mother died on Saturday

Smoke seeped out into the hallway as well and into neighbours’ homes.

A mother who lives next door said she was “shocked” when she saw the smoke coming into her home. Her 18-year-old son was asleep at the time.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I was running to my son. I was yelling at him to wake up and get out.”

She added: “I feel so sad for my neighbour. She was such a nice woman. It is a sad day.”

The Brigade were called at 12.40pm and the fire was under control in an hour after four fire engines and 25 firefighters from Islington, Hornsey, Holloway and Kentish Town rushed to the scene.

Parts of the second and third floor of the maisonette were damaged by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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