Baby and children among 11 ‘terrified’ people rescued from Ilford fire
PUBLISHED: 07:34 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:14 19 March 2015
Firefighters rescued 11 “terrified” people, including a baby, from flats above a shopping parade in Ilford this morning.
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters attended the blaze in Belgrave Road in Ilford at 2.51am and wore breathing apparatus as they rescued six adults and five children.
They used a ladder to reach them from windows on the first floor and all 11 were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where they were treated for smoke inhalation.
Station manager, Lee Ware, who was at the scene, said: “Control officers did a great job keeping them calm and giving them life saving instructions while we arrived.
“Understandably, they were terrified as smoke was entering the room they were sheltering in.
“Officers told them to block the door with a blanket to stop the smoke coming in and open a window so they could breathe.”
Part of the Watan Food Store on the ground floor was alight while the first floor flat was also burning.
Mr Ware added: “On arrival, crews were faced with a well developed fire which looks as if it may have been burning in the shop below for some time.”
The brigade had the fire under control by 5.13am.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and firefighters expect to be at the scene for most of today.
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