Large fire in northeast London

Fire brigades are investigating the source of a fire in a three-storey building in Greater London that could be seen across the capital.

At around 11.30 am on August 17, the fire became visible from several miles away. Following social media speculation, London Fire Brigade confirmed they were assisting the response to a blaze near Debden station in Essex.

Essex Fire Brigade reported at 12.01 pm that the fire, in a three-storey building, had been “sectorized” by firefighters and announced at 1.15 pm that it had been extiguished.

“An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire,” the emergency service said. There is currently no information available regarding whether anyone was hurt.

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Epping Forest District Council said that the site is a development of new council housing, that will comprise 51 units of 17 homes and 34 apartments.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council, said: “Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of all concerned. It looks like everyone is safe … These flats are still being built. This is a construction site and there are no tenants living here. However we are obviously concerned about everyone working on the site at the time the fire started.”

London Fire Brigade on Twitter

This fire is on @ECFRS ground. At the moment we’ve sent one fire engine to assist.

A view of the fire on August 17 from London Bridge. Source: WikiTribune
A view of the fire on August 17 from the London Bridge area. Source: WikiTribune

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