Two rescued as 80 firefighters battle Bow tower block blaze near school

Crews rescued a man and a woman after a fire broke out in a 16th-floor flat in Wellington Way, Bow

Crews rescued a man and a woman after a fire broke out in a 16th-floor flat in Wellington Way, Bow - Credit: LFB

Two people were rescued as 80 firefighters tackled a blaze at a Bow tower block this morning.

Crews remain at the scene in Wellington Way after the fire - which has resulted in one man being treated by ambulance crews - broke out in a flat on the 16th floor.

The London Fire Brigade deployed 12 fire engines at 10.46am today - Wednesday, March 23 - after receiving 62 calls to the blaze.

Under control just under an hour later, the fire occurred near Wellington Primary School, Bow Road Underground Station and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

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Station Commander Keith McDermott, who was at the scene, said: "Firefighters tackled a fire in a flat on the 16th floor of the building, which is believed to have started in the bedroom.

"Crews rescued a man and a woman. One man is being treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

"We would like to remind people to never try to tackle a fire yourself.

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"As soon as you become aware of a fire inside your property, get out, stay out, close the door behind you and call 999.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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