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100 firefighters battle huge blaze at flats in east London

A huge fire has broken out at flats in east London this evening (25 September)

Around 100 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the seven-storey business centre in Fairfield Road, Bow,.

The London Fire Brigade described it as a “very visible fire”, with footage on social media showing flames and clouds of smoke pouring into the air.

Firefighters used water towers as flames tore through the roof of the building, which contains flats.

Crowds of onlookers gathered close to the building as 15 fire engines arrived at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no reports of injuries.

A resident of the fire-hit building in Bow, east London, described seeing smoke coming from the roof of the homes adjacent to his flat and banging on neighbours’ doors to alert them.

The man, who gave his name as Drew, had been standing at the police cordon for three hours when he told the PA news agency: “I was going to run myself a bath and I came back downstairs and looked out the window and saw loads of smoke then realised ‘oh my God, it’s our building that’s on fire’.

“The flats at the top are two floors, I saw people through the windows as the fire was going on. The fire alarm wasn’t going off, they had absolutely no idea.

“The first thing I did was call the fire service, then I ran downstairs to make sure that the building was evacuated and told the fire warden the flats hadn’t been evacuated.

“It was quite clear the fire was coming from the roof, it wasn’t coming from the flats.

“I ran back upstairs and grabbed my bag then ran down my corridor and banged on the doors shouting ‘fire’.”

Additional reporting by Press Association.

This story is being updated.

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