Canning Town fire: Dozens of firefighters rush to tackle blaze in east London tower block

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  • June 22, 2020
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Around 100 people were evacuated from an east London tower block today as dozens of firefighters tackled a blaze on the fourth floor.

Eight fire engines and sixty firefighters scrambled to Ferrier Point on Forty Acre Lane in Canning Town, after the fire brigade received nearly 40 calls.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said around 100 people were evacuated.

The fire broke out at around 6.20pm on Monday. The spokesman later said the fire was under control by 8.15pm.

A local resident said that the fire appeared to be coming under control.

Andy Lloyd-Williams told the Standard: “It seems under control as the level of smoke has gone down – lots of fire engines outside and the area is cordoned off.”

Ferrier Point had its cladding removed last year. Mr Lloyd-Williams said Monday’s fire showed the removal was “in the nick of time”.

He added: “I lived near Grenfell when the disaster happened and saw the smokey building the next morning – we need to make sure that kind of tragedy doesn’t happen again.”