A well-known mansion block in Charterhouse Square was badly damaged by fire over the weekend. Florin Court is an elegant, Grade II-listed 1936 residential building, designed by Guy Morgan and comprising 120 flats. The fire broke out on Saturday evening in a first floor flat. All residents were evacuated, and there are no reported injuries. Thanks to a quick response from Clerkenwell fire station (one of those under threat of closure), serious damage was limited to the first floor flat, with smoke damage to upper floors.
The block is widely known as the fictional residence of Hercule Poirot in the long-running TV and film adaptations, where it takes the name Whitehaven Mansions. Residents enjoy a basement swimming pool, roof terrace, gym and sauna.
Poirot actor David Suchet was quick to send his sympathies via Twitter.