Hundreds of workers fled the east London site fire


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As many as 600 construction workers fled the scene of a fire at a construction site in Newham yesterday, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB). Ten fire engines and about 70 firefighters were called to the Vistry Site on Brunel Street in Newham yesterday afternoon after a fire broke out in one of the apartments under construction. According to the LFB, firefighters dealt with a fire inside a three-room apartment on the second floor of the 11-storey building. No injuries were reported, but a large part of the apartment was hit by the fire. “About 200 construction workers left the building and about 400 workers left the surrounding construction sites before the brigade arrived,” LFB said in a statement. The fire service was called shortly after 1:15 PM and the fire was brought under control shortly after 2:30 PM. Fire crews attended from Playstow, Stratford, Millwall, Shadwell, Hornchurch, Greenwich and other nearby fire stations. The cause of the fire is unknown, pending an investigation by the fire service. A spokesperson for Vistry said: “There was an indoor fire yesterday at a building under construction on the Brunel Street site in Newham. Our health and safety protocols were in place and the building and site were quickly evacuated with no injuries reported. We have worked with the London Fire Brigade to investigate this. The accident, and our team can return to the site to resume construction work today. ” The Brunel Street location between Canning Town and Custom House 975 will include mixed homes and new commercial space upon completion.


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