Blaze rips through block of flats in east London

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in east London.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Tollgate Road, Beckton this afternoon.

There have been reports that a number of fire engines and emergency crews are currently trying to put out the fire.

A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said: ‘Firefighters have been called to a flat fire on Tollgate Road in Beckton.

‘The first floor and second floors of the residential block are alight.

‘The staircase from the first to the second floor is also alight.

‘The Brigade was called at 5.24pm.

‘Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from East Ham, Plaistow, Barking and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

‘The cause of the fire is not known at this time.’

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