A large fire broke out in a flat on the 12th floor of a tower block in Mile End, East London, this afternoon.
A huge plume of smoke was seen rising from the flat which was well alight, sparking fears that the fire could spread to neighbouring flats. Eight fire crews were called out to the block of flats in Wellington Way and 58 firefighters were on the scene after the brigade received more than 90 calls.
Pictures reveal the extent of the damage to the side of the building with much of it turning black from the smoke.
Smoke can be seen on one side of the building (Picture: MuhbeenH/Twitter)
The fire could be seen from miles around as smoke poured out of the building (Picture: Neil Mistry/twitter)
There is a Tower Block in Mile End, London on fire. Fire fighters are attending to it. Pray that everyone is getting out safe. pic.twitter.com/ZN1lHI3KTN
— Muhbeen Hussain (@MuhbeenH) June 29, 2018
People reported being able to see the fire from miles around. London Fire Brigade said earlier: ‘Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers have been called to a flat fire in Wellington Way.’
A witness said: ‘There is a Tower Block in Mile End, London on fire. Fire fighters are attending to it. Pray that everyone is getting out safe.’
The fire in the high-rise building sparked echos of the fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower (Picture: Claire Pons)
Fire crews are attending the fire on the 12th storey of the building