Published on : Monday, July 22, 2019
There are more than 150 firefighters were called to tackle a huge blaze at an east London shopping centre. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 25 fire engines were in action at The Mall on Selborne Walk in Walthamstow after emergency services were alerted to the fire at around 7.40am on Monday morning. More than 999 crews are struggling to get it under control.
The images and videos posted on social media of the scene shows smoke billowing into the air as the fire tore through the building.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said that some part of the roof of the two-storey building is a light and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
Waltham Forest Police tweeted saying officers were “dealing with a major incident” and advised people to avoid the area around the shopping complex. The fire station manager Steve Smith said that there is a lot of smoke so we would advise local residents to keep their doors and windows closed while crews tackle the fire. There are local road closures in place so motorists should avoid the area where possible.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said crews from Walthamstow, Leyton, Tottenham, Leytonstone and Homerton were still battling the blaze more than two hours after it broke out.
Elly Gresham-Scott said that as she passed the scene at around 8.25am the “air was hazy” with “large” ash particles floating in the air.
Freddie Joyce reported seeing “massive high flames spreading at high speed”, adding: “Firemen are struggling to keep it under control it looks like.”
The Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, tweeted: “It appears there is a serious fire incident at the mall this morning, please keep back from area and let’s help the fire brigade do their job.