35 firefighters attend early morning fire in Woodford Green

File image. Seven people evacuated after early morning fire.

File image. Seven people evacuated after early morning fire.

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High rise residents were evacuated in the early hours of this morning after a fire broke out on the sixth floor.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were at the scene to contain the fire, which broke out in an electrical cupboard on the sixth floor in The Bridle Path, Woodford Green.

Seven people who living on the same floor were evacuated as a precaution.

Emergency services were called at 4.54am and the fire was under control by 5.49am.

Watch manager Daren Horrigan, who was at the scene, said: “All other residents stayed inside their flats which was much safer than attempting to escape, which could have been risky due to the smoke and firefighting equipment.

“There was no panic, nor smoke spreading to other floors, and no one was injured.

“Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know what your fire plan is and how you’d escape if a fire did break out.”

The cause of the investigation is under investigation.

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1:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Forest2014 says...

As one of the people that were evacuated I can safely say that going through my landing when there were electrical explosions happening, did not seem the right course of action, especially as we had to pass the Dry Riser where the explosions were coming from! No Fire blakets for us, just in case! There was no muster point and people were just wandering around downstairs lobby (about 30 of them) which is the only Fire Exit for the whole building! I also believe that they tried to buzz up to some tenants, who were not answering their doors, only to realise that the door entry system does not work and hasn't done for over a week! The Fire Brigade had an article printed yesterday, on the front page of local Waltham Forest free paper, on Fire safety & evacuation if you live in a tower block. Ironic and also badly timed, especially when this incident clearly shows that Ascham Homes needs to liase with the Fire Brigade and the tenants about Fire safety URGENTLY. Please note, so far we have no power or water or flushing toilets, until this is resolved! The thing is, I have overheard that this could run into days, as the whole dry riser is water damaged. Watch this space and lets see how Ascham Homes plans to rectify this problem and make this situation as pain free as possible for their tenants....oh and apparently the cause of the fire ....negligent workmen, working on behalf of Ascham Homes!!
As one of the people that were evacuated I can safely say that going through my landing when there were electrical explosions happening, did not seem the right course of action, especially as we had to pass the Dry Riser where the explosions were coming from! No Fire blakets for us, just in case! There was no muster point and people were just wandering around downstairs lobby (about 30 of them) which is the only Fire Exit for the whole building! I also believe that they tried to buzz up to some tenants, who were not answering their doors, only to realise that the door entry system does not work and hasn't done for over a week! The Fire Brigade had an article printed yesterday, on the front page of local Waltham Forest free paper, on Fire safety & evacuation if you live in a tower block. Ironic and also badly timed, especially when this incident clearly shows that Ascham Homes needs to liase with the Fire Brigade and the tenants about Fire safety URGENTLY. Please note, so far we have no power or water or flushing toilets, until this is resolved! The thing is, I have overheard that this could run into days, as the whole dry riser is water damaged. Watch this space and lets see how Ascham Homes plans to rectify this problem and make this situation as pain free as possible for their tenants....oh and apparently the cause of the fire ....negligent workmen, working on behalf of Ascham Homes!! Forest2014
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