Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at a shop with flats above on High Road in Chadwell Heath yesterday, Monday 31 of May.
Part of a first floor flat and the roof of the building were alight as well as a small part of the ground floor shop. There were no reports of any injuries.
Station Commander Nathan Hobson, who was at the scene, said: “There was a lot of thick smoke issuing from the building when firefighters arrived.
“Crews worked hard to contain the blaze and bring it under control.
“The High Road has been closed in both directions and will remain shut for a couple of hours so we would ask people to avoid the area where possible.”
The Brigade was called at 0330 and the fire was under control by 0509. Fire crews from Barking, Ilford, Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.