London flat in flames as 100 firefighters scramble to blaze at Docklands apartment block

Footage shows thick plumes of smoke barrelling out of the top floor windows of the building in North Greenwich

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Around 125 firefighters and 15 fire engines have been called to tackle a blaze at a block of flats in east London’s docklands.

London Ambulance Service said: “We have sent a number of resources to the scene, including advanced paramedics and our hazardous area response team.”

London Fire Brigade said the flat was on the 17th floor, while firefighters are also tackling a hectare of grass on fire opposite the tower block.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Fire broke out at the London flat on Wednesday
Fire broke out at the London flat on Wednesday

A statement said: “Fifteen fire engines and around 125 firefighters have been called to a flat fire on Manwood Street in North Woolwich.

“A four-roomed flat on the 17th floor of the building is completely alight. Firefighters are also tackling a fire involving around one hectare of grass opposite the block at the junction between Manwood Street and Silverland Street.

“The Brigade’s 999 control officers have taken more than 105 calls to the blaze.

“The brigade was called at 12.49pm. Fire crews from Shadwell, Dowgate, Dockhead, Shoreditch and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is now known at this time.”