Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters and officers were called to a fire affecting a number of shops and flats on Tottenham High Road this evening.
The fire badly damaged a range shops and a number of flats above the premises. Crews wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from the first floor of the building and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service. Thirty four people evacuated adjacent properties as a precaution and were not injured.
Station Manager Paul Hobbs who was at the scene said:
“This was a serious fire and as well as the shop and flats it also involved a gas main. Crews worked extremely hard in very difficult conditions to bring the fire under control.”
The Brigade was called at 2127 and the fire was under control by 0015. Crews from Tottenham, Edmonton, Stoke Newington, Holloway, Hornsey, Walthamstow and other surrounding fire stations attended the incident.
Three firefighters were injured while attending this incident. All three were taken to hospital. Two were treated for burns and a third was treated for a back injury. Two of the firefighters have since been discharged from hospital but one of the firefighters who suffered burns remains in hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. None of the injuries are life threatening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.