Two men rescued from Hornchurch house fire die in hospital
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Two men who were rescued from a blaze at a house on Monday, have died in hospital.
Firefighters were called to the fire at a mid-terraced house in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch, early in the morning.
Part of the ground floor of the property was damaged by fire and the two men and a woman were rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
Despite the efforts of the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, a woman was prounounced dead at the scene.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “My thoughts and those of everyone at the Brigade are with the friends and family of the three people who have died following the tragic fire in Hornchurch on Monday morning.
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“Firefighters worked extremely hard and did all they could in difficult conditions.”
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from three stations – Hornchurch, Dagenham and Romford – attended the scene.
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On Monday, a woman who lives opposite the site tragedy and saw the events unfold said: “I watched the firemen bring them out. I was compelled to watch, willing them to do everything they could.”
Neighbour, Jeffrey Prendergast added: “It is tragic. There was smoke billowing out the windows.”
Fire investigators and the police are working closely to establish the cause of the fire.