A woman has died and five other people were injured in a blaze at a block of flats in east London.
A man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder after emergency services were called to the scene in Tollgate Road, Beckton just before 5.30pm.
Fire engines and a number of emergency crews rushed to the scene.
Police said that there had been a fatality as a result of the fire, and five other people were taken to hospital.
It ripped through the first and second floors of the flats, with residents quickly evacuated.
Some witnesses said residents were jumping from their windows the escape the flames.
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.’
The mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, expressed her ‘deepest condolences’ to loved ones of the person who died.
She tweeted: ‘We are deeply saddened by the news that there has been one fatality already from the fire that broke out in flats in Beckton.
‘Our deepest condolences to loved ones now in mourning.’
A Met spokesperson said: ‘Police, LAS and LFB are currently at the scene dealing with the fire.
‘It is believed that there has been one female fatality and number of others injured.
‘No further details at this stage. Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
‘One male has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.
‘A road closure is in place on Tollgate Road and restriction are in place on Bradley Stone Road and Valiant Way.’
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