At around 9:20am earlier today, the London Fire Brigade informed the council of a fire at Providence Wharf, Fairmont Avenue, which is a 19-story privately-owned block of flats, partly cladded in ACM.
All residents in the block were evacuated, as around 20 fire engines attended the scene. The London Fire Brigade extinguished the fire by 11.30am and have begun their investigations into the fire.
Four flats in the block have been severely damaged. There are no reported deaths.
The council has been supporting the emergency response, assisting in the evacuation and working with the British Red Cross, Ballymore Incident Team and local hotels to put support arrangements in place for displaced households.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:
“The fire at New Providence Wharf has shocked our community and our thoughts today are with everyone who has been affected.
“While today’s fire has been devastating for many people, it could have been far worse were it not for the actions of the brave firefighters on the scene. The council has worked with local hotels to provide respite for the residents affected and we’ll be working with the fire brigade and others to get people back to their homes as soon as its safe.
“While we need to wait to better understand the causes of today’s fire, the fact that four years after the Grenfell disaster there is still flammable cladding on so many high rise buildings is scandalous. The Government just hasn’t gone fast enough to force developers and building owners to take action.”
Mayor John Biggs spoke to affected residents and thanked the Fire Brigade for their response.
Posted on Friday 7th May 2021