Pictured: First of three victims of horror fireball car crash in Notting Hill ...

Pictured: First of three victims of horror fireball car crash in Notting Hill ...
Pictured: First of three victims of horror fireball car crash in Notting Hill ...

One of three people killed when a car exploded into a fireball after smashing into a block of flats has been identified as a handyman, MailOnline can reveal.

Jason De Belen, 36, and two more men had been returning from a nightclub when their car ploughed into a block of flats near Westbourne Park tube station in leafy Notting Hill, west London, at dawn yesterday.

Mr De Belen and the car driver were friends who had given the third victim, a barman, a lift home from the club after he finished his shift.

Witnesses said the car spun out of control over a bridge and slammed into the building - through iron railings and a brick wall - at a speed of up to 90mph.

The three inside the car died at the scene as the vehicle erupted into a fireball. Nine people were evacuated to safety from the block.

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Mr De Belen lived in nearby Ladbroke Grove but had recently been moved to a local hotel after his flat was damaged by flash-flooding.

Jason De Belen, 36, was one of three people killed when a car exploded into a fireball after smashing into a block of flats at dawn yesterday. Mr De Belen has been identified as a handyman, MailOnline can reveal

Jason De Belen, 36, was one of three people killed when a car exploded into a fireball after smashing into a block of flats at dawn yesterday. Mr De Belen has been identified as a handyman, MailOnline can reveal

He and two more men had been returning from a nightclub when their car ploughed into a block of flats near Westbourne Park tube station in leafy Notting Hill, west London. Above: The burnt out shell of a car at the scene on Great Western Road

He and two more men had been returning from a nightclub when their car ploughed into a block of flats near Westbourne Park tube station in leafy Notting Hill, west London. Above: The burnt out shell of a car at the scene on Great Western Road

A friend told MailOnline today: 'Jason was a really warm-hearted, lovely guy. He was a family-orientated man who doted on his nine-year-old niece.

'It's an awful tragedy but details of what happened exactly are quite scarce at the moment.

Mr De Belen lived in nearby Ladbroke Grove

Mr De Belen lived in nearby Ladbroke Grove

'He was a passenger in the car and he and his friend were returning home after going to a club.

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'They had given one of the barmen a lift. I'm not sure if they knew him or were just being nice and offered to take him home.

'But Jason's family and friends are devastated as you can imagine. He'll be missed so much.'

Mr De Belen's aunt, Estrella Hernandez, told how his death was a double blow for the family after the recent death of his uncle in the Philippines.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Hernandez said: 'Our whole family is deeply saddened and grieving by the loss of our two loved ones.

'My brother Efren Garcia who suffered from illness and my nephew Jason Garcia De Belen who died in a car accident in Notting Hill London.

'It is so painful for our whole family to lose them during these hard times. Our failure to glance our nephew in person brings us too much sorrow and pain, not bidding him goodbye in his resting

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