MORE than one hundred firefighters rushed to tackle a blaze this morning at a block of flats at New Providence Wharf, in east London, which is understood to be covered in the same cladding as Grenfell Tower.
London Fire Brigade said 20 fire engines and about 125 firefighters were sent to the scene to put out the blaze, which sent plumes of thick black smoke high into the sky. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, though the flames were understood to have engulfed at least three floors. The 19-storey building is still covered in the same ACM cladding as Grenfell Tower, according to reports.
The London Fire Brigade were alerted to the blaze at 8.55am.Parts of the 8th, 9th and 10th floors have been affected by the fire. Several people have been treated by the Ambulance Service.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters have been called to a fire at a block of flats on Fairmont Avenue in Poplar.
They said in a statement: “We were called at 9.05am this morning (May 7) to reports of a fire on Fairmont Avenue, E14.
We have sent a number of resources, including ambulance crews, clinical team managers, an incident response officer, a command support vehicle, an emergency planning and resilience officer, and our hazardous area response teams.
“They have treated a number of people and remain at the scene, where they are working with other emergency services.”
All residents of the apartment block have been evacuated.
One local, who lives on the tenth floor, said she was alerted to the fire by the neighbours’ Whatsapp group.