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Major fire at London block of flats put out by 15 engines (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Major fire at London block of flats put out by 15 engines (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Around 100 firefighters on Sunday tackled a huge blaze at a new apartment block in Barking, east London. Six storeys of the building were alight, according to London Fire Brigade.

Footage and images shared on social media showed the fire spreading quickly across part of a building at the De Pass Gardens apartment complex and crowds of worried onlookers gathering outside.

The alarm was raised at around 3:30pm local time.

Ambulances were put on standby as a precaution. London police said they were also at the scene and some evacuations were underway.

London Fire Brigade later reported that a man and a woman were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and that, fortunately, there were no more injuries.

Barking and Dagenham Council said in a tweet that it has “opened a rest centre, at Thames View Community center and will be arranging temporary accommodation for anyone who needs it.”

One Twitter user shared a photo and video of the enormous fire as seen from the River Thames. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The Barking Riverside area was the focus of a £500 million regeneration project announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and housing developer L&Q in February 2018.

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