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Roof collapses as fire-crews tackle blaze on Dagenham housing estate as one man is taken to hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:06 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 26 July 2018

Dramatic moment as roof bursts into flame at house in Roffe Gardens, Dagenham. Picture: Anand Rajpurohit

Dramatic moment as roof bursts into flame at house in Roffe Gardens, Dagenham. Picture: Anand Rajpurohit

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Fire crews had to evacuate from a blaze in Dagenham when a roof collapsed as flames swept along a terrace of houses.

Aerial jet spray used to tackle roof blaze in Roffe Gardens. Picture: Anand RajpurohitAerial jet spray used to tackle roof blaze in Roffe Gardens. Picture: Anand Rajpurohit

They were forced back as flames spread to three houses on a new housing estate in Roffe Gardens at 8pm last night.

A man was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from breathing in smoke. There were no other injuries.

A couple and their three children managed to get to safety before the fire brigade arrived as the blaze spread through the second-floor of their home.

More than 70 firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze when the roof gave way and the first crew at the scene from Dagenham fire station had to be withdrawn for their own safety, according to a senior fire officer at the scene.

The roof and second-floor bedrooms were totally destroyed. The flames spread along the roof to houses either side, but firefighters managed to limit the damage to around 10 per cent.

It took firefighters from Dagenham, Barking, East Ham, Ilford and six other east London fire stations more than two hours to bring the blaze under control. The last crew finally left at 5am this-morning.

The firefighters had to lay relay pipes to get hydrant water to the isolated location.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated. But families meanwhile are not being allowed back into the houses for safety. Structural engineers are being called in today to examine the properties before the families are allowed back.

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