Three men have been hospitalised after they were rescued from a fire in Walthamstow this morning.

London Fire Brigade crews rushed to the scene where an outhouse at the read of a ship was ablaze in Hoe Street at 5.58am (Thursday, April 8).

Three men were rescued from the building by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus.

All three were treated at the scene by London Ambulance crews and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.

The men have since been taken to hospital. Initial reports suggested just one man had been hospitalised, but the brigade has since confirmed all three were hospitalised.

Crews arriving on the scene reported a building on the ground floor at the rear of a property on fire.

The terraced property contains a shop and private residence.

The single-storey building the end of a rear garden, that is attached to a terraced property over two floors, was completely destroyed by the fire.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters from Walthamstow, Leyton, Tottenham, Woodford, Homerton and Bethnal Green fire stations were called to the scene.

Hoe Street was closed from Greenlead Road down to Forest Road as crews subdues the blaze which was reported under control at 8.20am.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

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