Saturday, June 24, 2017

London - Smoke billows into sky as 50 firefighters tackle blaze at block of flats in Bethnal Green

(Yahoo)- More than 70 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a block of flats in Bethnal Green.

Ten fire engines and 72 officers were sent to the scene in Turin Street on Saturday afternoon.
Thick black smoke poured into the sky as firefighters fought the blaze which broke out in a third floor flat.

Paramedics took one man to hospital who was suffering from smoke inhalation.

"Fire: Smoke was seen billowing out of the windows of the building
London Fire Brigade said the whole of the third floor and the roof are alight."
And one horrified bystander tweeted: "The fire has spread to the rooftop of the flat in Bethnal Green Turin Street! Hope everyone is ok."

A spokeswoman said: "The Brigade was called at 4.25pm. Firefighters from Bethnal Green and surrounding fire stations are attending the scene.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

Bethnal Green Road is closed both ways between Satchwell Road and Turin street.