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300 flee blaze in tower block

PUBLISHED: 15:47 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Readers'pictures from Terry Broomfield (top) and Dan McCurry (above)

Readers'pictures from Terry Broomfield (top) and Dan McCurry (above)

SOME 300 people were evacuated at lunchtime today (Wednesday) from this 21-storey East London tower block next to Victoria Park when fire broke out on the 12th floor. They were led to safety as 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at Ingham House in Old Ford, by Victoria Park.

By Victoria Huntley

SOME 300 people were evacuated at lunchtime today (Wednesday) from this 21-storey East London tower block next to Victoria Park when fire broke out on the 12th floor.

They were led to safety as 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at Ingram House in Daling Way, Old Ford, at 12 noon.

Two people have since been treated for the effects of breathing smoke.

Emergency crews were brought in from three fire-stations at Bow, Bethnal Green and Homerton as police cordoned off the area.

Readers Dan McCurry, Terry Broomfield and Peter Downietook these snapshots as the smoke rose 400ft into the air.

"The sky was full of black smoke and you could smell burning plastic," said Dan McCurry.

"The fire brigade seemed to have it under control pretty quickly."

An investigation into the cause of the fire has started.

Old Ford housing association laid on a fleet of mini buses to take the families from the tower block to their community centre in Parnell Road nearby.

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