Children evacuated from burning Ilford house as conservatory fire spreads to second floor
PUBLISHED: 14:11 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:08 20 December 2019
A number of children were among those evacuated from a house in Ilford this lunchtime after a fire broke out in a conservatory before spreading to the nearby home.
The London Fire Brigade tweeted at 1.58pm that four fire engines and 25 firefighters had been called to reports of a fire at a building in York Road, Ilford.
Eyewitnesses told a Recorder reporter at the scene that a number of people - many of them children - fled the building and were able to take refuge in the Kids Inc Nursery across the street while the emergency services responded.
Firefighters remain on the scene now, and it is believed those evacuated are being made comfortable at the Punjabi Lounge restaurant further down York Road.
A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman confirmed the fire was first reported at 1.40pm, adding: "An outhouse is alight and part of the first floor of a two-storey building is also alight.
"The brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 21 calls to the fire.
"Fire crews from Barking, East Ham, Leytonstone and Dagenham are at the scene."
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The family who live in the flat affected by the fire told the Recorder that they have lost everything apart from two chest of drawers and luckily their passports and documents are still intact.
Adil Kayani, who lives in the flat with his wife and their 11-month-old baby and seven-year-old, said: "Everything is gone, our Christmas presents, all my wife's belongings, nothing in that room is left, but at least everyone is fine.
"One little fire has spread everywhere.
"My wife was asleep at the time. Luckily she woke up - she smelt something and ran outside."
Both the children and Mr Kayani's wife were checked over by paramedics.
He said the nursery had been very supportive of all the residents, including those who live next door and were evacuated, and thanked them for their kindness.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, but Mr Kayani said the only electrical appliance in the conservatory was a tumble dryer and everything in that room has been destroyed.
"I'm now thinking if it was one of the ones that has been recalled. I hadn't checked mine," he said.
"My wife is really sad. It's been a year of bad luck."