72 firefighters, 10 engines tackle apartment block blaze in east London (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
“The whole of a flat on the third floor was gutted by fire. The whole of the roof was also destroyed”, the fire service said in a statement.
One man suffering from smoke inhalation was taken to hospital.
The London Fire Brigade received nearly 50 calls from members of the public about the fire at approximately 4:25pm local time. The brigade declared the blaze under control by 7:50pm.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Over 600 households were evacuated from tower blocks in Camden on Friday night over safety fears concerning cladding on the buildings similar to that on the Grenfell Tower. Scores of residents are refusing to leave their homes despite emergency services warning they cannot guarantee the safety of residents.
Some 27 apartment blocks in 15 council areas across England have failed fire cladding safety tests since the Grenfell disaster claimed the lives of at least 79 residents on June 14.