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Seven people escaped from a fire in a block of maisonettes on Trinity Gardens in Canning Town last night.
A man and a woman suffering smoke inhalation were treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews and then taken to hospital; the man also suffered burns. Five more people were treated on scene for smoke inhalation.
Six people from adjacent property also evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade.
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers deal with the blaze.
The ground and first floor of the five storied property were damaged by the blaze. Six people from adjacent property also evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, due to an halogen heater igniting a sofa. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Portable electric heaters used properly will heat a room brilliantly, but they should never be close to flammable materials.
“Shockingly over two thirds of fatal fires involving heaters are caused by clothing or furniture being too close. People need to make sure their portable heaters are standing upright and kept well away from clothes, curtains or furniture.”
The Brigade was called at 0301 and the fire was under control by 0508. Fire crews from Plaistow, Shadwell, Poplar and East Ham attended the scene.