Girl, 17, jumps to her death escaping from burning flat in London

Emergency services responded to the fire at St Paul's Way and brought it under control in an hour.
Emergency services responded to the fire at St Paul's Way and brought it under control in an hour.PHOTO: LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE

LONDON - A 17-year-old girl died after jumping from a fourth-floor window to escape a fire on Monday (June 3), British media reports said.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers.

She had fallen from a block of flats above a row of shops in East London's Mile End district, after the blaze broke out at around 6am London time (1pm Singapore time).

Over 20 firefighters reportedly responded to the fire on the third and fourth floors at St Paul's Way and brought it under control an hour later.

A video showed two passers-by rushing to help the girl immediately after she jumped.

Eyewitnesses said she was seen clinging on to the window ledge screaming for help as the fire raged inside.

While authorities did not disclose the name of the girl, The Daily Mail identified her as Meilan Duong. Her parents and younger brother were said to have escaped unharmed, but she ended up trapped in her bedroom.

Floral tributes were left outside the burnt-out flat, with some describing her as a "beautiful young woman" with a "heart of pure gold".

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

The incident comes nearly three weeks after the Grenfell tower block fire, which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.