Man rushed to hospital with burns & smoke inhalation as over 70 firefighters tackle Hackney shops blaze
Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers are tackling a fire at a joinery workshop on Hackney Road in Hackney. One man was injured and taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Thick black smoke from the fire was visible for miles around and residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed if affected.
Station Manager Keith Cunnew who is at the scene said:
“A member of the public spotted smoke and called the Brigade. On arrival crews wearing breathing apparatus helped three women and three men to leave the properties either side of the fire and two other people left the property before the Brigade arrived. The structure of the building has been seriously damaged by the blaze.
“We expect to be at scene for a number of hours. We are making good progress, but it will take some time to fully damp down the fire.”
Firefighters from Soho, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tottenham and Poplar fire stations are at the scene.
The Brigade was called at 1301. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
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