London fire: 100 firefighters rush to 13th floor blaze in tower block

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Around 100 firefighters were rushed to a blaze in a 15-storey block in east London, with around 60 people being forced to flee the building.

Footage of the blaze posted on social media shows smoke and flames billowing out of the block on Grantham Road in Manor Park.

Smoke billowed from the 15-storey building
Smoke billowed from the 15-storey building
15 fire engines have rushed to the scene
15 fire engines have rushed to the scene

A total of 15 fire engines were called out to the fire, the London Fire Brigade confirmed.

In a statement, the London Fire Brigade said: "15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters have been called to a flat fire on Grantham Road in Manor Park.

"Part of a flat on the 13th floor of a 15-storey block is alight. Around 60 people left the building before the Brigade arrived.

"The Brigade was called at 2.47pm.

"Fire crews from Ilford, Stratford, Leytonstone, Plaistow, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"The Brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 50 calls to the blaze.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

The fire was brought under control later in the evening, with no reports of any injuries.

The fire came just hours after the London Fire Brigade dispatched 60 firefighters to deal with a fire at a high-rise residential block near Grenfell Tower in west London.

The blaze, believed to have been started by a charging electric scooter, broke out near the Shepherds Bush area of London.

Eight fire engines were deployed to the scene as half a flat was alight.