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. (

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)







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