Massive London fire destroys at least 20 apartments; 100 firefighters rush to scene
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A massive fire destroyed some 20 apartments in the Barking area ofLondonon Sunday afternoon, as about 100 firefighters in 15 engines rushed to the scene.
The fire spread from the ground floor to the sixth floor at De Pass Gardens, forcing people to evacuate the building and nearby apartments.
A man and woman were treated for smoke inhalation but nobody else appeared to be hurt, Sky Newsreported. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
The fire in London destroyed some 20 apartments.(REUTERS/Simon Dawson)
“Any residents who are affected by the fire are advised to go to the rest centre at Thames View Community Centre on Bastable Road,” the London Fire Brigade said. “Transport is available from De Pass Gardens to take people there.”
“Crews worked really hard to put the fire out,” Station Manager Andy Maloney said.
Around 1:30 p.m. ET, the London Fire Brigade announced the fire was under control.
Mihaela Gheorghe, who lived in the building, said she’d worried a fire was bound to happen and had raised several safety questions about the wooden balconies in the East London flats, the BBC reported.
“I was in my fourth-floor flat when the fire started. We ran out. The fire brigade came but they found it hard to find a water supply at first,” Gheorghe said. “We raised several issues to the builder, the maintenance companies and the council about the safety of having all these wooden balconies.”
It was not clear whether the wooden balconies had contributed to the blaze.
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