Brigade faces claim after Gants Hill firefighter hospitalised

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has received a claim that it was responsible for a firefighter ending up in hospital after tackling a Gants Hill blaze.

The 47-year-old man was taken by ambulance to King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, early on August 4.

He was treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion and released later that morning.

A union source said law firm Thompsons believed they had “reasonable prospects” of proving the LFB was at fault for the injury after a senior officer allegedly blocked a request for extra bottled water supplies as six crews battled 20ft flames at the building in Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill.

An LFB spokesman said: “We have received a claim and we will be investigating it fully, as you would expect.

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“This will follow normal procedures, including health and safety reports and interviews.”

The brigade has three months to probe the claim.

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Three other people were hospitalised by the blaze above Crosslands Estates, which began at 10pm on August 3.

Two were seriously injured when they jumped for their lives from a second floor window.

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