July 24 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A high rise block of flats in Woodford Green was evacuated when a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.
The blaze started in an electrical cupboard on the sixth floor of the block in The Bridle Path shortly before 5am.
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters managed to contain the flames and no one was injured.
Woodford station watch manager Daren Horrigan, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters quickly contained the fire and stopped it from spreading to surrounding flats.
“Seven people from flats on the same floor were evacuated as a precaution.
“All other residents stayed inside their flats, which was much safer than attempting to escape which could have been risky due to the smoke and firefighting equipment.”
He praised families for not panicking and urged people to have an evacuation plan for similar situations.
The brigade recently launched a campaign called Know the Plan designed to improve awareness of fire safety for the residents of high rise buildings and to encourage landlords and housing providers to act on their fire safety responsibilities.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.