A huge fire engulfed a warehouse and spread to a block of flats in east London this morning.

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers dealt tackled the blaze at the disused warehouse in Grenfell Avenue in Hornchurch, which broke out at around 11.30am.

The fire damaged half of the first floor of the two-storey warehouse, before spreading to an adjacent block of flats.

The occupants were able to escape the block withuot injury before fire crews arrived, but a flat on the second floor and part of the roof was badly damaged by fire.

Station Manager Joe Kenny, who was at the scene of the blaze, said: “The fire has severely damaged the warehouse and spread to a flat at the rear of the property.

“Ten people evacuated the block of flats before firefighters arrived and thankfully there are no injuries.”

It took fire crews from Hornchurch, Romford, Ilford, Barking, Wennington, East Ham and Plaistow around two and a half hours to bring the blaze under control.

It is not yet known why the fire started, but the cause is under investigation

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