Stratford student halls evacuated after kitchen fire

PUBLISHED: 12:20 14 November 2017

CGI of the Unite Students accommodation block in Angel Lane. Picture: Eve Kirmatzis

CGI of the Unite Students accommodation block in Angel Lane. Picture: Eve Kirmatzis

Eve Kirmatzis

More than 200 students were evacuated from a Stratford accommodation block after a fire in a communal kitchen.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to Unite Students in Angel Lane at 8.09pm on Friday.

Crews from Stratford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Plaistow dealt with the small fire on the seventh floor.

No injuries were reported, a London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.

Students had been evacuated from the building before firefighters arrived with the fire contained by the building’s sprinkler system.

“For a long time, we have been calling for residential tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers,” the spokeswoman added.

“Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and raises the alarm.

“They save lives and protect property and they are especially important where there are vulnerable residents who would find it difficult to escape, like those with mobility problems.”

Crews are investigating the cause of the fire.

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