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Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a maisonette in Galbraith Street on the Isle of Dogs last night.
The fire damaged half of the roof and part of the third floor of the maisonette.
Five people left the property before the Brigade arrived. The Brigade helped residents in the neighbouring properties evacuate as a precaution. Fortunately no injuries are reported.
Watch Manager Andy Simmons was at the scene: “On arrival there was heavy smoke coming from the roof of the property. Crews worked extremely hard to bring the fire under control quickly, fortunately they managed to stop it spreading to the adjacent properties.”
The Brigade was called at 2302 and the incident was under control by 0107. Fire crews from Millwall, Poplar, Plaistow and Shadwell fire stations were at the scene.
The fire is believed to be accidental and caused by a defective extractor fan in the bathroom.