London Tower block on fire had Grenfell cladding

More than 100 firefighters have fought a fire that ripped through a 19-story tower in London with flammable panels.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the New Providence Wharf settlement near Canary Wharf on Friday morning.

It was said that 125 firefighters and 20 engines were at the scene of the fire, which comprised three floors.

The London Ambulance Service said a “number of people” had been treated, although the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

Approximately 22% of the building’s facade is covered with ACM PE cladding panels, which were seen as a key factor in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Work to replace the paneling was “underway” and the prime contractor was due to take possession of the property on Monday, according to contractor Ballymore.

One resident said on Instagram: “If your building has the same cladding as Grenfell Tower. Oh my God.”

Pictures and videos on social media showed part of the building in flames and thick gray smoke poured from the block.

The fire hits Grenfell just days after government fire regulations, which activists say could result in tenants paying tens of thousands of pounds to remove paneling on their buildings.

The LFB previously said: “Firefighters are fighting a fire in a 19-story block. Parts of the eighth, ninth and tenth floors are on fire.

“The brigade’s 999 control officers took 13 calls into the fire.

“The brigade was called at 0855. Firefighters from Poplar, Millwall, Shadwell, Plaistow, Whitechapel and the surrounding fire stations are on site.

“The cause of the fire is currently unknown.”

The emergency services said they had sent a “number of resources” to the scene.

A spokesman said: “They have treated a number of people and are staying where they work with other emergency services.”

Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar & Limehouse Labor, said on Twitter: “@LFBTowerHamlets are working to fight a fire in New Providence Wharf.

“I recently met voters here again – unsure for 2 years + without reports and polls.

“In the meantime, developer Ballymore continues to build and benefit from £ ms.”

Liberal Democrats Leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers go with all who have been affected by this terrible fire – and all who are reminded and fearful of it.

“It is just a national scandal that the government has not done more to remove this dangerous disguise.”

Ballymore said in a statement: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fire at New Providence Wharf this morning.

“The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance and we work closely with the London Fire Service.

“We can confirm that the fire was quickly brought under control by the fire brigade and is now being extinguished. Our response team is on site to support residents and help with alternative accommodation if necessary.

“We’ll update as soon as we have more information.”

Fire Brigades Union Secretary General Matt Wrack said: “It is extremely alarming to see another skyscraper light up in flames in the heart of London.

“A big thank you to the firefighters who reacted so quickly and brought the fire under control, and our thoughts go out to everyone involved.

“It should shame this government that four years after Grenfell, people across the country are living in buildings wrapped in flammable cladding.

“We’ve kept warning that another Grenfell could be just around the corner if he doesn’t make people’s homes safe as a priority.

“The pace of removing flammable cladding has been icy and threatening people’s lives. The government must step in and act quickly and decisively to end our building security crisis once and for all.”


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