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Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a house fire on Feldman Close in Hackney this afternoon.
Part of the roof of a three storey house was badly damaged by the blaze. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, due to a lightning strike during the storm.
One person left the property before the arrival of the Brigade, and around 12 people were evacuated as a precaution from neighbouring properties.
The Brigade was called at 1503 and the fire was under control by 1618. Fire crews from Stoke Newington, Homerton, Tottenham, Hendon. Hornsey and Leyton fire stations are attending the scene.