Man dies after being found unconscious in Kensington townhouse basement 'filled with fumes'

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A man has died after being pulled from a west London townhouse basement which is thought to have been flooded with toxic fumes.

A large swathe of Berkeley Gardens in Kensington was taped off by police as witnesses described seeing paramedics perform CPR on a man lying on the ground.

The ambulance service was called to the bottom floor of the townhouse – where flats can fetch over £1 million – after the man was found unconscious at just after 4pm on Tuesday.

Medics pulled the man, thought to be in his 20s, onto the street because of fears of fumes inside the basement.

They tried to revive him but the victim was pronounced dead at shortly after 4.30pm.

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Police and paramedics parked up on Kensington Church Street.

Police and London’s fire brigade were also called. A spokeswoman for the fire service said they were dealing with a “chemical incident”.

Tuggy Meyer, who owns the nearby Huntsworth Wine Company, said paramedics had been giving a man CPR on the ground while the entire Berkeley Gardens was blocked off.

“There’s been at least 15 different vehicles here,” Mr Meyer told the Standard. “Police, fire, ambulance.”

He added a group of builders were standing at the cordon looking concerned as the medics carried out treatment on the pavement. 

Praga Manick, who runs an off licence on Kensington Church Street, said: “There’s a lot of police and ambulance. Someone collapsed, I don’t know how it happened. They were giving him CPR.”

He added a covered white tent had been put up outside the building.

The Met said officers believe they know the identity of the man and are now working to contact his next of kin.


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