Fire rips through flat above Dagenham takeaway shop

Firefighters and fire engines in Green Lane, Dagenham.

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Green Lane, Dagenham. - Credit: @PaulWood1961

A flat above a takeaway shop in Dagenham was badly damaged after a fire broke out last night.

Firefighters were called to Green Lane at 8.50pm yesterday (Thursday, March 11), with neighbours escaping unharmed as the blaze took hold.

Smoke billowing from a flat above a takeaway shop in Green Lane, Dagenham with firefighters at the scene

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the flat. - Credit: @PaulWood1961

The second floor of the building was destroyed and most of the first floor was damaged.

Leading firefighter Chris Wilson, who was at the scene, said: “On arrival, we could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor at the rear of the building and from the mansard roof.

Firefighters spray a hose onto a flat above a takeaway shop in Green Lane, Dagenham

Firefighters brought the blaze at a flat in Green Lane, Dagenham under control. - Credit: London Fire Brigade

“Residents from neighbouring flats had left their properties before the brigade arrived and crews searched the premises to make sure that no one was inside.

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“Thankfully, no one was hurt.”

The fire was under control by 10.44pm. Investigators believe it was caused by an unspecified “electrical event”.

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Six fire engines and 40 crew members were at the scene. 

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