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London Fire Brigade and Met investigating blaze at Bouygues site

The London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the cause of a fire at the site of a Bouygues residential complex under construction in East London on Tuesday (4 June).

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters responded to the fire near Silvertown Way, Canning Town, according to the London Fire Brigade.

One person was rescued by firefighters using a 13.5m ladder. Eight people left the building before the fire services arrived, seven of whom were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation. The London Fire Brigade deployed one of its 64m turntable ladders to the scene as part of its response.

CNBC producer Virginia Vitalone captured the moment when thick clouds of black smoke engulfed the site. People in the area were advised to keep windows and doors closed as crews responded.

The fire was located at a 10-storey building, where a ground-floor commercial unit was partially damaged by the fire.

Around 32 calls reporting the fire were received. The first was taken at 08.23 and the fire was under control by 09.36.

A Bouygues UK spokesperson said: “We are collaborating with the Fire Brigade Investigation Team and the Metropolitan Police who are investigating the cause of the fire. Ensuring the safety of our workers and the local community is our top priority. As this is an active investigation we have no further information at present.”

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