Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has said she is "deeply saddened" after a female was killed in a huge fire in Beckton.

Emergency services were called to a flat fire in Tollgate Road just before 5.30pm today (Thursday, April 6).

One person has died from the fire and a "number" of others have been injured, according to Metropolitan Police.

A boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.


Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE said in a tweet: "Along with cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Amar Virdee, we are deeply saddened by the news that there has been one fatality already from the fire that broke out in flats in Beckton.

"Our deepest condolences to loved ones now in mourning."

She thanked emergency service response efforts and said: "@NewhamLondon officers are working closely with them to support affected residents.

"Tollgate Road E6 cordoned off in response to today’s serious incident."

Police said a road closure is in place along Tollgate Road and restrictions are in place on Bradley Stone Road and Valiant Way.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London Fire Brigade (LFB) are currently at the scene dealing with the fire.

"It is believed that there has been one female fatality and number of others injured.

"No further details at this stage. 

"Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing."

An LAS spokesperson added: "We sent a number of resources to the scene, including five ambulance crews, two incident response officers, an advanced paramedic, a clinical team manager and members of our tactical response unit and hazardous response team (HART).

"We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

"We treated five patients before taking them to hospital.

"Sadly, a person was pronounced dead at the scene."