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Woman dies in fire in block of London flats

One woman has died after a fire broke out in a block of flats in northeast London, London Fire Brigade has said.

More than 70 firefighters are still tackling the blaze in Chingford, after they were called at around 2.14am on Friday.

London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three storey block before they arrived but confirmed one woman had died.

The fire in a three storey building in east London. Pic: @LAS_HART
Image: The fire in a three storey building in east London. Pic: @LAS_HART

Station manager Keith Wilson, who is at the scene, said: “Firefighters have been working hard to contain the spread of the fire which has destroyed the roof. Crews expect to be here into the day, tackling hot spots.”

The fire took over half of the ground floor and first floor plus all of the roof at its height.

The fire took over two storeys and the roof. Pic: London Fire Brigade
Image: The fire took over two storeys and the roof. Pic: London Fire Brigade

The Met Police and London Ambulance are on standby to assist the fire brigades.

There are 10 fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from at least five stations at the scene.

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The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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