Major fire at London block of flats put out by 15 engines (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
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.
Barking Riverside. Hope nobody is injured. pic.twitter.com/krFMyXiVlP— Vinnie (@vinnieb70) June 9, 2019
Update on the fire at Barking Riverside. 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters now in attendance https://t.co/Ts8ZPJvy74— LFB Barking & Dagenham (@LFBBarkDag) June 9, 2019
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.
Following the #Barking fire at a block of flats this afternoon, one man & one woman were treated on scene suffering from smoke inhalation. Fortunately no other injuries are reported. https://t.co/fHtGyRtbgDpic.twitter.com/xXmT7d16JJ— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 9, 2019
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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