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Stratford tower block fire: More than 50 firefighters at blaze on 17th floor of building

Mirror logo Mirror 16/4/2018 Steve Robson

More than 100 people fled their homes after a fire broke out at a high-rise tower block in London.

The blaze engulfed a flat on the 17th floor of a flat at Leather Gardens in Stratford.

London Fire Brigade said twenty-six 999 calls were made after it broke out at around 1.22am on Monday.

More than fifty firefighters and eight engines responded to the scene.

Hundreds of people had already left the building of their own accord.

At around 3am, the Brigade said the fire was "under control" and there are no reports of any injuries.

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Austin Reynolds tweeted images from the scene adding: "Great response by London Fire Brigade! Flat fire on the flats off Eastbourne Road, scary times for the residents, hope everyone is ok!!"

LFB said in a statement: "Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a flat in Leather Gardens, Stratford.

"A flat on the 17 floor was destroyed by fire.

"There were no reports of any injuries. Around 100 people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.

"The Brigade's 999 Control Officers took 26 calls to the fire.

"The Brigade was called at 0122 and the fire was under control at 0252.

"Fire engines from Stratford, Plaistow, Leyton, East Ham, Bethnal Green and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

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