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Investigation launched after blaze destroys 20 flats in east London

botchway June 11, 2019

An investigation has been launched after a fire caused extensive damage to a block of flats in east London.

Twenty flats were destroyed by fire and a further 10 were damaged by heat and smoke.

One man and one woman were treated at the scene after suffering from smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The blaze, which has been brought under control, affected the ground floor to the sixth floor of the building in Barking.

Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to the flats on De Pass Gardens at 3.31pm, as people were evacuated from their homes. The blaze was under control by 6.04pm.

Fire crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. Roads were closed off to the public as emergency services worked to put out the fire.

The cause of the fire is not known and an investigation has been launched. Social media users rushed to show their support for those affected by the fire.

Some suggested residents had previously complained that the use of wood on the flats was unsafe.

Credit: telegraph.co.uk

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