Man in mid-50s rescued from kitchen fire in Ilford flats

A man, believed to be in his mid-50s, has been treated for minor smoke inhalation after firefighters rescued him from a flat fire in Ilford today.

Four fire engines were called to a blaze in Berberis Court, a four-storey block of flats in Bluebell Way at 4.42pm.

The man was rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

The fire was contained within the kitchen of the man’s flat and was brought under control within minutes.

Ilford crew manager Andy Watson said: “The cause looks like cooking left unattended.”

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The man was treated on the scene by firefighters and ambulance staff and was then taken to King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Other rooms in the flat suffered smoke damage.

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About 20 people had already left the flats before firefighters arrived.

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