Sunday, July 14

Poplar tower block fire leaves two men in hospital

A fire that badly damaged the middle floors of a 19-storey London tower block has left two men in hospital. Four children and 38 adults were evacuated from the building in Poplar, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

More than 120 firefighters spent about three hours tackling the blaze at the New Providence Wharf estate. About 20% of the façade of the affected section, Block D, features ACM PE cladding panels – found to be a key factor in the Grenfell Tower fire.

In a statement, LFB said that parts of the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of the east London tower block caught fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have carried out multiple rescues. Two men have been taken to hospital suffering [from the effects of] smoke inhalation.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they were called out at 09:05, and sent ambulance crews, clinical team managers, an emergency planning and resilience officer and hazardous area response teams.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs expressed his concern about the fire and said he was speaking to council officers and LFB. He said: I’ve been working with residents of this block for a long time to help them resolve fire safety issues. Their safety must come first.