Beckton fire: man killed and several injured in huge apartment block fire when residents saw ‘jumping out of windows’
ONE person has died and several others were injured after a massive fire ripped through a London flat.
A man, whose age is unknown, was killed amid the inferno – where local residents were said to have jumped out of windows to escape.
Emergency crews raced to the properties in Beckton, east London, around 5.30pm today.
Dramatic images show flames belching from third-story windows as crews worked to put out the blaze.
The cause of the inferno is unknown, the fire department said.
Several fire engines remained at the scene over the following hours.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman told The Mirror: “Firefighters have been called to a flat fire in Tollgate Road, Beckton.
“The first and second floors of the block of flats are light. The stairs from the first to the second floor are also light. The brigade was called at 5:24 p.m.
“Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from East Ham, Plaistow, Barking and the surrounding fire stations are on site. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 5.28pm on Thursday 6 April to reports of a fire at a block of flats at Tollgate Road, E6.
“Police, LAS and LFB are currently on site dealing with the fire.
“It is believed that there has been one death and a number of other injuries. No further details at this time.
“The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. There is a road closure on Tollgate Road and restrictions on Bradley Stone Road and Valiant Way, E6.”