London fire: A huge blaze has broken out in Newham
Firefighters are battling the blaze with witnesses on Twitter saying plumes of smoke was coming out of the building on the busy street. The fire is believed to have started around 10pm in near Leytonstone Road, Maryland, Newham, in London. Eyewitness Dan Madison wrote on Twitter: “There’s a fire near Maryland Station, Maryland, Newham, London. Fire engines and police in attendance and thick smoke pouring out of building.”
London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to a fire on Leytonstone Road in #Stratford More information to follow.”
The TfL website hasw stated that “Maryland Rail Station has reported access issues”.
But it doesn’t add if the station is affected by the fire.
Road closures have also been put in place, as traffic management system Inrix has said: “A11 Leytonstone Road Southbound blocked due to building fire from Forest Lane to Windmill Lane.”
London Fire Brigade later said that ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at a disused shop with flats.
This is because part of the first floor and roof are alight.
Station Commander Jim Ryan, who is at the scene, said: “Crews are working hard to bring the fire under control.
“We’ve got two height vehicles on scene to tackle the blaze in the roof.
“Nearby Maryland train station is not affected at this stage, but Leytonstone Road is closed in both directions and is likely to remain so while firefighters continue to tackle the fire.”
Fire crews from Stratford, Leytonstone, Leyton, Plaistow, Poplar, Homerton and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
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