100 firefighters tackle blaze at block of flats
Around 100 firefighters are tackling a large fire at a block of flats in east London.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the blaze had spread across six floors of the apartment building in Barking, reports Independent UK.
Fifteen fire engines and crews from nearby stations attended the scene in De Pass Gardens from around 3.30pm.
The LFB said the cause of the fire was not yet known.
Footage of the fire showed flames engulfing what appeared to be wooden balconies on the outside of the block.
One witness tweeted a picture of the block and said: “Fire at Barking river side @LondonFire need help.”
We've currently got 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters attending a fire at a block of flats in #Barking. Ground floor to the sixth floor are alight. https://t.co/fHtGyRtbgD pic.twitter.com/NXqaCuWDO2— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 9, 2019
Twitter user Venilia Batista Anorim described the fire as “huge” and claimed that the builders had assured the residents association that the wood cladding “was fire retardant and perfectly safe”.
Another tweeted: “My heart is absolutely shattered on seeing the fire in Barking Riverside – despite the residents complaining on the use of wood on the flats being dangerous.”
The Metropolitan Police said there had been no reported injuries from the fire.
Residents were evacuated from the building and roads were closed off to the public.
Station manager Andy Maloney said: “Crews are continuing to work really hard to put the fire out.
“Any residents who are affected by the fire are advised to go to the rest centre at Thames View Community Centre on Bastable Road. Transport is available from De Pass Gardens to take people there.”
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.32pm today to a fire in De Pass Gardens, in Barking.
“We sent two ambulance crews, two solo responders and our Hazardous Area Response Team. We have a tactical commander and our command support vehicle at the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.
“There are no reports of any injuries at the moment.”