London fire: 125 firefighters tackle high-rise flat blaze in North Woolwich

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London fire: 125 firefighters tackle high-rise flat blaze in North Woolwich

Scores of firefighters were forced to tackle a blaze in a high-rise block of flats and another grass fire opposite in North Woolwich.

Video posted to social media shows flames pouring out of a top floor balcony and window of Dunedin House in Manwood Street at 12.50pm on Wednesday afternoon.

125 firefighters responded to more than 105 calls to the blaze which could be seen for miles around.

The force managed to evacuate residents and finally bring the flames under control by 3.07pm. The LFB said smoke from the fire was subsiding. There are no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 12.55pm today to reports of a fire at a tower block in North Woolwich. We worked closely with our emergency services partners at the scene and our crews have now been stood down.”

Station Commander Keith Sanders, who was at the scene, said: “Crews arrived to find a top floor flat alight, which was producing heavy smoke. They were also faced with a grass fire in an area opposite the block.

“There were a lot of possessions and clutter inside the flat which made it challenging for firefighters. It can make fires spread much faster, especially when there are lots of flammable items such as newspapers or cardboard.”

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) said: “We have sent a number of resources to the scene, including advanced paramedics and our hazardous area response team.”


It came after LFB had its busiest day since the end of the Second World War with more than 2,600 emergency calls made to a series of wildfires that devastated 40 properties and injured 16 firefighters.

The force said on Twitter “that unprecedented hot weather” meant firefighters dealt with more than 1,146 incidents across London.

The Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner, Jonathan Smith, added: “Firefighters across London worked in very difficult conditions to protect Londoners and their heroic actions mean no lives were lost.

“Yesterday’s fires are another example of how we are increasingly being challenged by new extremes of weather as our climate changes and we’re developing long-term strategies to deal with more incidents like this in the future.”

Soho station commander John Singleton said: ““Emotionally and physically it was draining for everybody.

“We were watching cars burn, we were watching fires burn... it was like a warzone because we were walking past houses that we couldn’t save and they were burnt out.

“You’re thinking ‘six or seven hours ago this was someone’s home’, so it’s natural that we all felt that.”

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