Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus led six people to safety from a flat fire on Hardwick Street in Barking yesterday afternoon.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers dealt with the blaze in a block of flats of three floors. A flat on the second floor was badly damaged by the fire, and fire crews worked hard to stop the fire spreading to adjacent flats.
A further 10 people left the property before the arrival of the Brigade.
The Brigade was called at 1813 and the fire was under control by 1933. Fire crews from Barking, East Ham and Harold Hill fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by London Fire Brigade’s officers and the police.