Fire causes evacuation at University of East London store

Twenty people were evacuated from a shop at the Beckton campus of the University of East London after fire broke out this morning.

They were moved from the building before the arrival of ten fire fighters and two fire engines which attended the premises of a convenience store in University Way. The Fire Brigade were called to reports of a fire at 8.08am.

The ground floor of the store was damaged by fire although investigators have yet to establish the exact cause of the blaze.Laurie Kenny, Station Manager at Silvertown Fire Station, said: “Crews worked extremely hard to stop the fire from spreading and contain it to the convenience store. The university’s evacuation procedure worked really well and around 20 people left the building, all uninjured.”

A UEL spokesperson said: “The University of East London alerted the London Fire Brigade (LFB) at approximately 8.20am today (Thursday, 22 November) to reports of smoke coming from the John Smith’s bookshop in the East Building of its Docklands Campus. LFB attended the scene and are currently carrying out an investigation. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any injuries.”