Inferno in London’s tower apartment on the eighth floor leaves one person in hospital as residents are evacuated and dozens of firefighters fight the flames
- Up to 70 firefighters were on the scene and battling the apartment fire in Tower Hamlets
- London Fire Department say they rescued four people and got the fire under control
- A total of 20 people were evacuated and one was taken to hospital for treatment
- The cause of the fire, which took place on the eighth floor, is under investigation
A fire tore through an apartment on the eighth floor of a London apartment block, leaving a person in hospital after dozens of firefighters battled the blaze late at night.
Up to 70 firefighters were on the scene in Tower Hamlets, London, where 20 people were evacuated with four people rescued by crews wearing respirators.
The London Fire Brigade said the five-room apartment where the fire started was on the eighth floor of the building and that they were called shortly after 10.30pm on Monday night.
Inferno: Four people were rescued and as many as 20 people were evacuated from this tower block in east London after a fire broke out in an apartment on the eighth floor on Monday night.
The London Fire Brigade says it sent 70 firefighters to the scene to fight the fire in Tower Hamlets on Monday night with ten crews from across the capital responding to the incident
The brigade received as many as 40 calls from concerned members of the public about the fire, with images from the site showing flames bursting from the windows.
Firefighters sent 10 crews to the scene with dozens of firefighters working to get the fire under control.
Footage shows firefighters using a ladder to spray water directly into the apartment via the property’s balcony, as crews had the fire under control for just over an hour.
Station Chief Matt Williams, who was at the scene, said: ‘Firefighters evacuated 20 people from the building and rescued four people via an internal staircase.
‘One of the Brigade’s new 32 meter long ladders from Old Kent Road Fire Station was used as a water tower and the crews also used drones to give an aerial view of the incident and increase situational awareness.
‘Abbott Road is closed at the A13 junction down to the junction at Blair Street.
LFB said they used new 32-meter ladders like a water tower to tackle the flame late last night
Pictures show the devastation after the fire department was able to get the fire under control
‘Firefighters are expected to remain at the site all night and we are urging people to avoid the area while crews continue to work to make the site safe.’
The brigade was called in at 22.33 and the fire was under control at 23.48.
The LFB said crews from Plaistow, East Ham, Greenwich, Shoreditch and the surrounding fire stations attended instead.
Met police officers from the Met confirmed that they were also at the scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tower Hamlets Police shared a post on their official Twitter account that read: ‘Central East BCU officers are on site assisting colleagues from LFB & LAS in response to this incident.’