Woman dies in London care home fire

LONDON (REUTERS) - The London Fire Brigade said on Friday (April 20) a woman has been confirmed dead in a fire at a care home on Connington Crescent, Chingford, in north-east London.

Ten fire engines, over 70 firefighters and officers are dealing with the situation in Chingford, the Fire Brigade said in a statement.

The BBC reported that the home housed people with learning disabilities.

Twelve people have fled the home before the arrival of the emergency team and one woman was confirmed dead at the scene, the London Fire Brigade added.

"Firefighters have been working hard to contain the spread of the fire which has destroyed the roof," Station Manager Keith Wilson said. "Crews expect to be here into the day, tackling hot spots."

The brigade was called at 2.14am local time and the cause of the fire is still unknown, the London Fire Brigade said.