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Over 70 London firefighters deal with huge blaze in block of shops in Hackney

London firefighters battling the fire in a block shops in Yorkton Street. Image: @LondonFire

London firefighters battling the fire in a block shops in Yorkton Street. Image: @LondonFire

A large fire in a block of shops on Yorkton Street, and affecting the Hackney Road generated plumes of smoke seen in many parts of London.

At the height of the blaze, ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were attending the incident at a joinery business and workshop.

Plumes of smoke seen from miles around. Image: @LondonFire

Plumes of smoke seen from miles around. Image: @LondonFire

One man’s been taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Station Manager Keith Cunnew said:

A member of the public spotted smoke and called the Brigade. On arrival crews wearing breathing apparatus helped three women and three men to leave the properties either side of the fire and two other people left the property before the Brigade arrived. The structure of the building has been seriously damaged by the blaze.

Firefighters from Soho, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tottenham and Poplar fire stations worked at the scene to control the fire.

The Brigade was called just after 1 pm and it took nearly four and a half hours to bring the fire under control.

One person taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and burns. Image: @LAS_HART

One person taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and burns. Image: @LAS_HART

Crews are expected to be at the scene for some time damping down.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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