A huge blaze has engulfed a new block of flats near Bethnal Green, east London. The roof and the third floor of the four-storey building at Bow Wharf, which was under construction, are currently ablaze. Witnesses have reported that the flames can be seen from Mile End Park.
A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We have got a 12 pump fire brigade in progress in the Roman Road area of Bethnal Green.” The LFB also tweeted that around 80 firefighters were on the scene at Mace Street, and added that there were ‘no persons reported’ in the building. They added that ‘the whole of the roof of the block is alight’.
Local residents tweeted that they could see the building being engulfed by flames. Others posted footage and photographs of the building, which was billowing smoke into the air. It comes after another block of flats in Bethnal Green caught fire at the end of June, and as the capital is still coming to terms with the devastating blaze at Grenfell Tower that killed at least 80 people.