Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Huge blaze breaks out at block of flats in London

Huge blaze breaks out at block of flats in London

A London Ambulance spokesperson said: "We were called at 3.32pm today to a fire in De Pass Gardens, in Barking".

The Mayor of London has condemned the "woefully slow response" to the Grenfell fire after a blaze tore through a block of flats in east London over the weekend. "Fire crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene", The Mirror reported. Another 10 homes in Samuel Garside House on De Pass Gardens were damaged by heat and smoke.

Comments posted online by local residents suggest the flats have only just been built, although this has not been confirmed.

The ground floor to the sixth floor were alight, fire crews said.

Nearly two years ago, Grenfell Tower, a high-rise social housing block in west London, was engulfed by flames in the middle of the night, killing 71 people in the country's deadliest domestic fire since World War Two.

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Families living in flats that were destroyed by fire within minutes yesterday said that they had been complaining for years about the risk of its wood cladding.

The cause is not yet known.

Late on Sunday, the fire brigade said the blaze was put under control. We ran out. The fire brigade came but they found it hard to find a water supply at first.

People were moved from nearby flats as a safety precaution. We also dispatched London's air ambulance.

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