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Construction site fire in east London hospitalises seven and shuts down Silvertown Way

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Construction site fire in Canning Town, London

Seven people were hospitalised after a fire broke out at a construction site in east London, as reported by the BBC.

The blaze occurred near Silvertown Way in Canning Town just after 08:20 BST, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

Approximately ten fire engines and 70 firefighters responded to the incident.

One individual was rescued from the second floor of the building, while seven people were hospitalised due to smoke inhalation.

An additional three individuals were treated at the scene.

Details of the fire and response

The fire originated on the ground floor of a commercial unit at a 10-storey construction site.

Video footage from the scene showed thick black smoke billowing between high-rise buildings.

An LFB spokesperson stated: “The fire has been producing significant amounts of smoke.

‚ÄúPeople in the area are advised to keep windows and doors closed and avoid the area where possible.”

They confirmed that one of the brigade’s 64m ladders had been deployed to assist in the firefighting efforts.

Impact on the local area

Firefighters from Plaistow, Poplar, East Ham, and other surrounding stations attended the scene.

The A1011 Silvertown Way has been closed between the A13 Canning Town Flyover and Hallsville Road due to the incident.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, according to the LFB.

The incident has led to significant disruptions in the area, with emergency services working to manage the situation and ensure public safety.

Safety advisories and ongoing investigations

Local authorities have advised residents to avoid the affected area and to keep their windows and doors closed to minimise exposure to smoke.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing, with the LFB working to determine the origins of the blaze.

As the situation develops, further updates will be provided by the London Fire Brigade and local news outlets.

Residents and commuters are urged to stay informed and follow safety advisories issued by the authorities.

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