Six fire engine and around 40 firefighters were called to a house fire on Havering Gardens in Chadwell Heath last night.
The whole of the roof was destroyed and half of the first floor was damaged by fire. The fire also affected part of the neighbouring house’s roof.
Smoke alarms inside the house did operate, however, the family were alerted to the fire when the lights tripped.
Dagenham Fire Station Watch Manager Gary Collins said:
“A man and a woman left the property with their two children before fire crews arrived. Four adults from the neighbouring property also self evacuated. Thankfully no one was hurt.
“Firefighters worked really hard to contain the fire from badly damaging the neighbouring property.”
The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical involving downlighters.
The Brigade was called at 2132 and the fire was under control by 2300. Fire crews from Dagenham, Ilford, Romford, Barking and Stratford fire stations were at the scene.