Mile End fire: Teenage girl falls to her death while trying to escape burning flat

A teenage girl fell to her death from a fourth floor window as she tried to escape a burning flat.

The 17-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from the window of an apartment block in Mile End where a fire had broken out early on Monday morning.  

A team of 21 firefighters were called to St Paul’s Way at just before 6am after the blaze started in a maisonette on the third and fourth floor above a parade of shops.

The street was cordoned off and 50 residents were forced to leave their flats as thick black smoke billowed from the building. 


Blaze: Smoke billows from a fourth floor window after a fire breaks out in a maisonette (Atikur Rahman / @A71KUR)

Two passers-by rushed to help the teenage girl after she leapt from the maisonette to escape the fire. They administered first aid but she died from her injuries.

Firefighters also rescued a man from the fourth floor of the maisonette, while two other people fled to safety before fire crews arrived at the scene.

Four people suffering from smoke inhalation were treated by ambulance crews. Scotland Yard said their injuries were not thought to be serious.


The London Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team also attended (LAS HART)

A Met Police spokesman said: “One female, believed aged 17, was found outside the property – she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Four other people received treatment – none of them are serious.

“Enquiries into the circumstances of the fire are ongoing.” 

The fire was brought under control at 7.05am. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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