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Paramedics treat five women and three children after Chadwell Heath fire

PUBLISHED: 12:09 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:38 30 January 2019

A firefighter bringing out a child. Picture: BRIAN CHENIER

A firefighter bringing out a child. Picture: BRIAN CHENIER

Five women and three children have been treated for smoke inhalation following a fire.

The fire brigade was called at 10.41 this morning. Picture: KEN MEARSThe fire brigade was called at 10.41 this morning. Picture: KEN MEARS

Four fire engines and 25 firefighters tackled the flames at a flat on the first floor of the 11 storey Pinnacle building in High Road, Chadwell Heath.

The eight people treated had fled the building before the fire brigade got there.

Pictures show a child being carried out of the building and a man on a balcony above the flat where the fire broke out.

Witness Brian Chenier, who works at the limbless veterans charity Blesma opposite the Pinnacle, said: “The fire brigade were here very quickly.

The blaze broke out in a first floor flat. Picture: KEN MEARSThe blaze broke out in a first floor flat. Picture: KEN MEARS

“[The fire] seemed to be have been brought under control very quickly. The response was fantastic. There was a lot of smoke in the building. But there didn’t seem to be any panic inside the building.”

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Part of a three-roomed flat was damaged by the fire.

“Five women and three children were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics.”

Fire crews from Dagenham, Wennington and Hainault were called at 10.41am this morning with the blaze under control by 11.39am.

The cause is under investigation.

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