Residents warned "stay in your homes" as fire hits Isle of Dogs flats

By Rob Virtue on August 19, 2014 2:53 PM |

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Firefighters battled a blaze in Coldharbour on the Isle of Dogs after flats caught alight on Tuesday.

London Fire Brigade instructed residents in the block to remain in their homes to avoid smoke inhalation.

The fire began at 3.45pm. Fire engines from Poplar, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and Millwall stations attended the scene and 20 firefighters had the blaze under control by 4.30pm.

The incident happened near to The Gun pub. The entire lobby on the first floor was damaged.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Residents were warned to avoid stay in their flats as the hallways were full of smoke.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it's important to know your fire plan should be different.

"Flats and maisonettes are built to give you some protection from fire - a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 60. Walls, floors and doors will hold back flames and smoke for a time. If there is a fire elsewhere in the building but not inside your home you're usually safer staying in your flat unless heat or smoke is affecting you.

"If you leave your flat you could be rushing into choking smoke, the fire itself or firefighters using equipment to bring the fire under control in another part of the building."

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