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Flat and derelict warehouse badly damaged in Hornchurch fire

PUBLISHED: 16:52 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:05 23 November 2015

Warehouse and flat fire in Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch Picture: Lee Finch

Warehouse and flat fire in Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch Picture: Lee Finch

Lee Finch

Ten people were evacuated from a block of flats yesterday as firefighters fought to extinguish a blaze.

Warehouse and flat fire in Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch Picture: Lee FinchWarehouse and flat fire in Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch Picture: Lee Finch

The fire had started in a two storey disused warehouse in Grenfell Avenue, Hornchurch.

It spread to a neighbouring block of flats and badly damaged part of the roof.

Station Manager Joe Kenny, who was at the scene, said: “The fire severely damaged the warehouse and spread to a flat at the rear of the property. Ten people evacuated the block of flats before firefighters arrived and thankfully there are no injuries.”

London fire Brigade has said that half of the first floor of the warehouse was damaged by the blaze. A second floor flat and part of the block’s roof were also badly damaged.

Firefighters had been called to the blaze at 11.36am by Lee Finch, 24, of Dagenham, who spotted it while driving past.

He said: “I saw smoke coming out the top and rung the fire brigade because it’s a derelict building.

“About 10 minutes later I went past again and there were about eight or nine fire engines.

“I was there for a good hour it took them well over an hour to get it under control. It looked like a bomb had gone off in the flats, it was that bad.”

Fire crews from Hornchurch, Romford, Ilford, Barking, Wennington, East Ham and Plaistow had the blaze under control by 1.51pm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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