Over 100 firefighters tackle Whitechapel tower block blaze

A 21-story tower block in Whitechapel High Street is on fire

A 21-story tower block in Whitechapel High Street is on fire - Credit: London Fire Brigade

Around 125 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a Whitechapel tower block, which houses flats and offices.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said twenty fire engines were called to Whitechapel High Street at 3.53pm this afternoon (March 7).

Crews are tackling a fire on the 17th floor of a 21-storey building.

Emergency Service attend a fire which has broken out in a block of flats in east London. London Fire

London Fire Brigade said they were called to Whitechapel High Street shortly before 4pm - Credit: PA

Emergency Service attend a fire which has broken out in a block of flats in east London. London Fire

Emergency Services attending the fire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Fire which has broken out in a block of flats in east London. London Fire Brigade said they were cal

A view of the smoke coming from the block of flats in Whitechapel - Credit: PA

A 64m ladder has been mobilised to the incident, a LFB spokesperson said.

The Brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken more than 50 calls about the blaze.

Fire crews from Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Dowgate, Bethnal Green, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, Islington and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

LFB said the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Two people look at a fire which has broken out in a block of flats in east London. London Fire Briga

Two people look at the smoke on Whitechapel High Street - Credit: PA

Emergency Service attend a fire which has broken out in a block of flats in east London. London Fire

Fire crews from Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Dowgate, Bethnal Green, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, Islington and surrounding fire stations were called to the scene - Credit: PA