A significant fire erupted in east London, causing severe damage to the roof of a seven-storey mixed-use building with commercial and residential sections.
The blaze occurred on Fairfield Road in Bow shortly after 6pm on Friday. Approximately 100 firefighters were dispatched to handle the situation, and the fire was successfully extinguished around 8.48pm, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB).
The incident resulted in substantial damage to half of the flats on the fifth and sixth floors of the building, as reported by the LFB. Despite the intensity of the fire, fifteen individuals had already evacuated the building before the LFB’s arrival, and no injuries have been reported.
To combat the flames from elevated positions, the fire brigade utilized a 64-meter turntable ladder and a 32-meter turntable ladder. Road closures were implemented to facilitate the safe operations of the firefighting teams.
Assistant Commissioner for Operational Control and Resilience, Pat Goulbourne, commended the diligent efforts of the firefighters, emphasizing their swift response to minimize damage and ensure the safety of occupants. The emergency response center handled 123 calls regarding the incident, with a fire engine arriving at the scene within three minutes of the first emergency call.
Simultaneously, another significant fire was being managed elsewhere in London. However, the coordinated efforts of the Control Officers allowed resources to be strategically allocated, ensuring that affected areas had adequate fire coverage while continuing to respond to emergencies.
Fire units from various stations including Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Homerton, Shadwell, Islington, Plaistow, Shoreditch, Lewisham, and neighboring locations were present at the scene.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn