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Old Street – building fire

12/11/2015 08:44
House or flat fire

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a building on Old Street in City of London this morning.

The fire affected five floors of a six storey building under demolition and our 999 call handlers received 26 calls to what was a very visible incident.

Station Manager Gareth Cook who was at the scene said: "Crews worked hard to contain this blaze and to stop it from spreading. The main fire was concentrated around the building's central lift shaft. This created a chimney effect, which is why smoke could be seen for miles around during the early stages of the incident."

Our 999 call handlers received 26 calls to what was a very visible incident.

The Brigade was called at 0844 and the fire was under control by 1015.

Crews from Soho, Dowgate, Islington, Shoreditch, Homerton,Whitechapel, Poplar and Lambeth fire stations attended the incident. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.