East End fire crews called out 120 times for Guy Fawkes Night

EMERGENCY fire crews were called out 120 times in London’s East End last night dealing with bonfires out of control in just four hours. Guy Fawkes Night proved one of the busiest evenings of the year

By Mike Brooke

EMERGENCY fire crews were called out 120 times in London’s East End last night dealing with bonfires out of control in just four hours.

Guy Fawkes Night proved one of the busiest evenings of the year for the six fire-stations in Tower Hamlets, although quieter than previous years.

Busiest was Poplar which had 43 calls between 6pm and 12.45 this morning. The night was marred by two incidents when youths hurled fireworks at firefighters arriving at the Robin Hood Gardens and the Locksley housing estates. But there were no injuries.

Bow fire-station had 15 callouts in what one officer described as “a mad rush” between 6 and 10pm. They included youths firing rockets at Linton House, a block of flats in St Paul's Way, Mile End. One rocket hit the fire-engine, but no-one was hurt.

Shadwell fire-station answered 14 calls with the worst incident being youths hurling fireworks at Hatton House off Cable Street.

Another 40 emergencies were tackled by Bethnal Green, Millwall and Whitechapel fire stations between them.