Bethnal Green fire: Smoke billows into sky as 50 firefighters tackle blaze at block of flats

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a block of flats in Bethnal Green.

Ten fire engines and 72 officers were sent to the scene in Turin Street on Saturday afternoon.

Thick black smoke poured into the sky as firefighters fought the blaze which broke out in a third floor flat.

Images and video footage showed bright flames billowing from the roof.

Fire: Smoke was seen billowing out of the windows of the building

London Fire Brigade said the whole of the third floor and the roof are alight.

One image shared on social media shows the entirety of the roof destroyed.

And one horrified bystander tweeted: “The fire has spread to the rooftop of the flat in Bethnal Green Turin Street! Hope everyone is ok.”

A spokeswoman said: “The Brigade was called at 4.25pm. Firefighters from Bethnal Green and surrounding fire stations are attending the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

Bethnal Green Road is closed both ways between Satchwell Road and Turin street.

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