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Blaze at Aldgate Tower, London

The cause of the fire is yet to be established by investigators

Fire erupted on the 17th floor of the high-rise at Aldgate shortly before 4pm on March 7th. Investigators are currently on the scene to confirm the cause of the fire, which resulted in hospitalisation for two people.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) fled to the scene to tackle the Aldgate blaze. Over 50 phone calls made by bystanders and witnesses, and footage captured of glass panels collapsing and shattering below.

Over 100 firefighters were at the scene to control the blaze, where smoke and flames spread to upper floors. Occupants safely evacuated the building, with others following the “stay put” policy.

Firefighters tackle Aldgate Blaze

Fire crews from various districts quickly arrived at the scene. Including Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Dowgate, Bethnal Green, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, and also Islington.

London Fire Brigade station commander Chris Jenner comments:

‘This was a dynamic and visible fire with our 999 control officers taking more than 50 calls in the early stages.

He continued, ‘We mobilised a 64-metre turntable ladder to the scene. This is the tallest firefighting ladder in Europe and allowed us to get water onto the fire from outside the building.

‘The professionalism, hard work and quick actions of control officers and firefighters limited the damage to the block and prevented serious injuries.’

Chris Jenner, LFB station commander

Fire rescue members were able to safely rescue a trapped woman on the 17th floor. She was led to a fire escape route and handed a fire escape hood. Designed to prevent the spread of harmful toxins (carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein) for 15 minutes.

Fortunately, reports have shown no serious injuries or fatalities during this incident. Furthermore, the fire was swiftly contained and extinguished.

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