Twenty new flats were destroyed on Sunday and another 10 flats badly damaged after massive fire engulfed a building in east London.
About 100 firefighters fought tirelessly for nearly three hours before it was extinguished at about 6pm London time.
Thankfully, no casualties. Two people – a man and a woman were only treated for the effects of inhaling smoke.
The fire broke out on De Pass Gardens in Barking on Sunday afternoon at about 3.30pm and spread over six floors of the block of flats in De Pass Gardens.
Mihaela Gheorghe, a resident said she had “raised several issues” about the safety of wooden balconies on the blocks of flats.
She added: “I was in my fourth-floor flat when the fire started. We ran out. The fire brigade came but they found it hard to find a water supply at first.”
“We said that one day a fire is going to happen.
“We raised several issues to the builder, the maintenance companies and the council about the safety of having all these wooden balconies.”
Mukhtar Raja, who lives nearby, said he saw the flames through his window.
“The heat was unbearable and it was spreading so fast. I went outside and filmed the footage with my phone.
“The fact it was a tall building and the speed at which the fire was spreading was scary.”
London Fire Brigade said in a statement that the cause of the fire is not yet known. Investigations are underway to know the immediate and remote cause of the fire.
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