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Dozens of firefighters are tackling a serious fire inside a flat in the 22-storey London tower block Grafton House.

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers have been called to a flat fire in Wellington Way, Mile End, in east London.

A statement from the London Fire Brigade reads: "Half of a flat on the 12th floor is alight.

"The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken more than 90 calls to the fire."

Fire crews were first called at 12.28pm.

Firefighters from Bethnal Green, Shadwell, Stratford, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Photos and video clips posted on social media show flames and smoke shooting out of windows and a balcony on the 12th floor of Grafton House.

We will bring you the latest updates on the incident:

Video showing plumes of smoke billowing out of tower block

More than 40 people escaped from building

The London Fire Brigade has said most of a three-roomed flat on the 12th floor of Grafton House was damaged by the fire and part of the balcony of the 13th floor was also damaged.

About 44 people left the building before the first crew arrived and a further two people were led to safety by firefighters.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire under control

The London Fire Brigade has issued an update to say the fire was brought under control at 1.51pm.

Fire crews from Bethnal Green, Shadwell, Stratford, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations remain at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo shows flames shooting out of flat

This photo, taken by Felicity Hall, gives a view of how serious the fire is.

58 firefighters were called to Mile End on Friday
58 firefighters were called to Mile End on Friday (Image: Felicity Hall)

Road closure in place

Wellington Way, at the junction of Bow Road, is closed as emergency services deal with the fire. Expect traffic in the area

Support area set up for people who live in the tower block

Photo from the scene

This photo, posted on Twitter by @kiyahsyeda, shows the huge amount of smoke billowing out of the tower block

A large fire has broken out in a tower block in Mile End
A large fire has broken out in a tower block in Mile End (Image: @kiyahsyeda)

Fire safety report prepared for tower block after Grenfell Tower tragedy

In a 2017, a fire safety report by Eastend Homes was prepared for Grafton House following the Grenfell Tower fire, as reported by The Mirror.

The report stated that “at the time of the inspection there were structural features identified within this block that could promote or assist the spread of fire”.

The report added a “stay put” policy like the one criticised in the wake of the Grenfell disaster was in effect in 2017.

It adds: “Full alarm systems with smoke detection and sounders will not be installed as a matter of course as this will detrimentally affect the effectiveness of the ‘Stay Put’ advice.”

The building had no sprinkler system at the time of the report, carried out by Whale Fire Limited on behalf of Eastend Homes, and there were no fire extinguishers in any common areas of the building.

A banner with a green heart is wrapped around the Grenfell Tower on the first anniversary of the fire
A banner with a green heart is wrapped around the Grenfell Tower on the first anniversary of the fire (Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Whereabouts is the fire taking place?

London Fire Brigade has tweeted this map of where the tower block is. The number of fire engines and firefighters in attendance has increased to eight engines and 58 firefighters and officers

What we know so far

Good afternoon and welcome to our updates on the ongoing fire at a London tower block.

What we know so far is:

  • Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers were called to a flat fire in Wellington Way, in Mile End, at 12.28pm
  • Half of a flat on the 12th floor is on fire
  • The London Fire Brigade’s 999 control officers have taken more than 90 calls to the fire
  • The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.