LONDON (Reuters) – The London Fire Brigade said on Wednesday that 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers were tackling a huge blaze in a discount store in the east of the city.
The whole of the first floor and roof of a Poundland discount store in Chingford had been gutted by the fire, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement. (http://bit.ly/2irF7jB)
It added that there were no injuries.
« Firefighters are working hard to contain the fire and stop it from spreading, » Station Manager Danny Meakin said. « Crews will be at the scene throughout the night damping down pockets of fire. »
« A mother and daughter in an adjacent flat saw smoke and evacuated the property unhurt, » Meakin added.
The website of the London Evening Standard quoted police as saying an investigation had been launched.
« At this early stage, the fire is being treated as suspicious. Three suspects were seen to leave the area soon after the fire started, » a police spokesman said. Police said homes nearby had been evacuated.
(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Andrew Roche; Editing by Peter Cooney)