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Families praise firefighters after fleeing storeroom fire

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 September 2016

Seventeen people, including two children, were evacuated from their homes or places of work by firefighters on Tuesday after a fire broke out in a shop beneath a block of flats in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green

Seventeen people, including two children, were evacuated from their homes or places of work by firefighters on Tuesday after a fire broke out in a shop beneath a block of flats in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green

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Two mothers have shared their experiences of being evacuated from their homes this week after a fire broke out in the shop underneath them.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to the Cooperative supermarket on Chigwell Road, Woodford Green just before 7am on Tuesday.

A fire had broken out in one of the storerooms, the cause of which currently remains unknown.

There were no reports of any injuries and the fire was under control by 9am.

Andreea Acostanitnesei, who lives directly above the flat with her sister Daniela and her two-year-old daughter Aida, was one of 17 people evacuated for more than an hour while firefighters got the blaze under control.

She said: “The firemen came to get us and told us we had to leave, it was a bit scary but they seemed calm so we knew it wasn’t too serious.

“Aida was more worried and got upset about the firemen going back in to the shop to fight the fire because she thought it was too dangerous, but she knew she was never in any danger.

“The firemen were really good and kept us informed of what was going on, now we’ve just got to try and get the smell of smoke out of everything.”

Also evacuated from her home was Bheka Sajirda, along with her children.

She told the Recorder: “I noticed a lot of noise out front but it was very early in the morning and I didn’t think anything of it until we got a knock at the door and two firemen were asking us to leave.

“There was a bit of a rush after that as I tried to get as much packed up for the kids as possible.

“The firemen then took us to a cafe round the corner and made sure we were warm and that we had a coffee or something because it was still very early.”

And just like Andreea, Bheka was relieved to discover that apart from a rather strong smell of smoke, nothing in her home had been damaged.

A spokesman for the Co-op said: “I can confirm there was a fire at the store earlier this week. This was swiftly dealt with by the fire service who were alerted thanks to the actions of a quick-thinking colleague, and we would like to thank them for their speed and efficiency.

“The store is likely to be closed until the third week of September – during this time the nearest Co-op is on Fencepiece Road.

“We would like to apologies for any inconvenience caused.”


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