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London fire: 100 firefighters tackle huge blaze as whole block of flats evacuated

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At least 60 people have been evacuated as a result of the incident. The fire broke out on the second floor of an assisted living facility in Hornchurch, east London. A total of 15 fire engines were called to the fire on Mavis Grove, just before 1am on Tuesday morning.

As much as half of the second floor was on fire, along with part of the roof, the fire service said.

They advised people living in neighbouring houses to close their windows as a result of heavy smoke in the area, despite the soaring overnight temperatures.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

There are so far no reports of any injuries.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said: “The fire on Mavis Grove in #Hornchurch is producing a lot of thick black smoke.

“We know it’s a hot night but if you live nearby please close your doors and windows.”

They added: “Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters are tackling a flat fire on Mavis Grove in Hornchurch.

“Half of a flat on the second floor is alight.

“Part of the roof is also on fire.

“Around 60 people evacuated the building before the Brigade arrived.

“The Brigade was called at 0055.

“Fire crews from Hornchurch and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

In an update posted at 3am, the London Fire Brigade said “steady progress is being made”.

But they said that fire crews are likely to be at the scene “for several hours to come”.

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