Firefighters tackle Providence Wharf tower block blaze


125 firefighters and 20 fire engines were on the scene of a huge blaze at a residential tower block in London this morning.

Emergency responders were called to the incident at 9am this morning (Friday 7th of May) at Providence Wharf tower block.

Early reports suggest that parts of the 8th, 9th and 10th floor were of the 19 one person has been taken to hospital.

A statement by the London Fire Brigade reads: “Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters were called to a fire at a block of flats on Fairmont Avenue in Poplar.

“Parts of the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of a 19-storey block were alight. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have carried out multiple rescues. Two men have been taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation. A further 38 adults and four children have been treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews for shock and smoke inhalation.

“The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 13 calls to the fire. The Brigade was called at 0855 and the fire was under control by 1132 but firefighters will remain on scene throughout the afternoon. Fire crews from Poplar, Millwall, Shadwell, Plaistow, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

Deputy Commissioner Richard Mills said: “London Fire Brigade was called to an incident at 0855 this morning at the New Providence Wharf in Poplar.

“This was a very dynamic and challenging incident and clearly there will be some people that will be looking at this and linking it to the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“Our thoughts remain with the families and residents of the Grenfell community and there will be some very challenging memories that may be brought back as a result of this incident.

“London Fire Brigade continue to learn from every incident that we attend and we will look at investigating this incident and the cause of the fire.

“Additionally we also recognise that there is much more work to be done about how we provide our service to the community in high-rise and we have learnt and are developing our procedures to improve those capabilities going forward.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my crews for an incredible and arduous incident and for the amount of work they did to resolve the incident safely and effectively.

“In the rescue operations, one of my firefighters did sustain an injury in carrying out those rescues. I would like to also take the opportunity to thank our partners for everything they have done to support us at this incident.”