Electricity shut down for two hours as firefighters rush to make area safe.
Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters tackled a flat fire on Lower Mardyke Avenue in Rainham yesterday Sunday 26 June.
A four-roomed flat on the first floor of a residential block was destroyed by fire. One man left the building with a neighbour before the Brigade arrived and was assessed on scene.
Station Commander Jim Chapman was at the scene with firefighters who remained there for the evening.
“Due to the nature of the fire, the electricity supply to the road had to be shut down whilst crews continue to work as quickly as possible to make the scene safe,” said the station commander.
Ward councillors Trevor McKeever and Matt Stanton were also at the scene. Councillor McKeever worked closely with the Mardyke Community centre who opened its doors to house any local in need.
The Brigade was called at 15:19 and the fire was under control by 16:44. Fire crews from Wennington, Hornchurch, East Ham and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.