Over 170 firefighters scramble to east London police station where 'roof is completely alight'

6 March 2024, 21:20 | Updated: 6 March 2024, 23:47

Forest Gate police station is on fire
Forest Gate police station is on fire. Picture: LFB/Twitter

By Kit Heren

Around 170 firefighters rushed to a police station in east London on Wednesday night to put out a large fire.

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The London Fire Brigade said Forest Gate police station's roof was completely alight that afternoon.

Over 30 fire engines with 175 firefighters were at the scene on Romford Road, trying to put out the blaze.

The fire was reported at 4.17pm on Wednesday, and the cause remains unknown. No injuries have been reported.

Police said at about 11.45pm that night that the fire had been contained.

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The fire brigade said earlier: "30 fire engines and around 175 firefighters are now responding to the fire at a police station in Forest Gate. Please avoid the area as crews respond.

"Firefighters will likely be carrying out operations into the night."

A spokesperson for the police said: "I want to reassure the public that policing continues as normal in Forest Gate.

"There are still significant policing resources in the area. If there is an emergency, please call us in the usual way by dialling 999, or 101 for non-urgent crimes."

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