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Forty firefighters tackle Gants Hill fire

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 September 2018

It took more than 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Picture: Ellena Cruse

It took more than 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Picture: Ellena Cruse

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Forty firefighters and six engines battled a blaze in Gants Hill.

A cat was killed in the fire.  Picture: Ellena CruseA cat was killed in the fire. Picture: Ellena Cruse

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to Eastern Avenue at 6.36pm on Friday, September 14 to reports of a flat fire after receiving 25 “999 calls” from worried residents.

Firefighters found half of a four-roomed flat on the first floor damaged by the fire.

The flat was located above Tinseltown restaurant on a corner of Gants Hill Roundabout and police were at the scene to cordon off sections of the street.

Two people had left the property before the brigade arrived.

LBF had 25 calls about the incident. Picture: Ellena CruseLBF had 25 calls about the incident. Picture: Ellena Cruse

One woman was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service and taken to hospital.

Sadly a cat was found dead in the flat.

Crews from Ilford, Woodford and Leytonstone fire stations attended the scene.

An LFB spokeswoman said: “The brigade was called at 6.36pm and the fire was under control at 8.04pm.

“The fire has been recorded as accidental and is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault in a washing machine.”

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