London Fire Brigade

Eleven escape Barking house blaze

30 April 2014

Eleven people escaped from a house fire on Bastable Avenue in Barking this morning.

The blaze badly damaged the ground and first floors of the end of terraced property.

Two people jumped to safety from the first floor, one of whom – a man -  suffered a foot injury and was treated by London Ambulance Service. Another man who left the property was treated  for cuts to his foot and a further woman was treated for burns to her hand and shock. Another seven people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Station Manager Bill Dunn who was at the scene said: “This property had been extensively converted and had a very complex lay out which made the fire a very challenging incident for our crews. There was also evidence of hoarding in some of the rooms inside.

“As well as putting out the fire, firefighters had to carry out a very thorough search of the property to make sure there were no people left inside. Crews worked extremely hard though and did an excellent job from both preventing the fire from spreading further into the property’s loft space and also into neighbouring homes.”

Four fire engines, 21 firefighters and officers from Barking, Dagenham and East Ham fire stations attended the incident. The Brigade was called at 0505 and the fire was under control by 0700. The cause of the fire is under investigation.