A fire overnight on the third floor of a block of flats in Barking has been the scene of a huge rescue operation with 10 engines and over 50 firefighters evacuating 33 residents.
So far there are no reports of any injuries from the dramatic incident in Adeliza Close in Barking this morning though police advise of many road closures in the area and likely traffic disruption.
The 33 residents evacuated by firefighters are safe and well, ‘though shaken’ and there are no injuries.
The residents spent the morning at a local community centre.
At around 0730, residents were escorted into their homes by firefighters and police to pick up valuables and essential items.
To try and keep the damage to property and belongings at a minimum, firefighters covered the flats with water proof sheeting. Crews are now cutting away and damping down and are expected to be at the scene for some time.
Station Manager Thomas Goodall who is at the scene said:
The fire appears to have started in a cavity wall on the ground floor and spread upwards to the second and third floors and into the roof. Fighting a fire spreading within the inner framework of a building is tricky. Crews are using an aerial ladder platform to gain access to the fire from above but also cutting away at the walls. Our priority now is to minimise further damage to the property.
10 fire engines and an aerial ladder platform are at the scene from Dagenham, Ilford, Barking, East Ham and Plaistow fire stations.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
The Brigade was called at thirty eight minutes past midnight.