15 fire engines called to fire at a block of flats in London: Fire brigade

Six floors of the building are alight.
Six floors of the building are alight.PHOTO: SAKUKRISH/TWITTER

LONDON - Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a blaze at a block of flats in Barking, east London on Sunday (June 9), the fire brigade said on its Twitter feed.

Six floors of the building are alight, the fire brigade said.

No injuries have been reported so far, a London Ambulance spokesman said, adding that ambulance units were still at the scene.

Footage on social media showed intense flames lapping up the front of a low-rise residential building.

Later pictures showed a less dramatic scene with flames largely extinguished. Reuters was not immediately able to independently verify the footage. 

Almost two years ago, Grenfell Tower, a high-rise social housing block in west London, was engulfed by flames in the middle of the night, killing 71 people in the country’s deadliest domestic fire since World War Two.