70 firefighters tackle blaze off Old Street in Hoxton

PUBLISHED: 12:59 26 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:35 26 March 2020

The fire in Charles Square, Hoxton. Picture: Michael Barnwell

The fire in Charles Square, Hoxton. Picture: Michael Barnwell


Seventy firefighters were called to a blaze in Charles Square off Old Street on Thursday morning.

Half of a flat on the third floor of the council block was damaged in the fire, as well as part of the third floor terrace. Old Street fire station is a stones throw from the scene.

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The brigade was called just before 11.10am and the fire was under control in an hour. Crews from Whitechapel and surrounding stations attended

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville said: “Just been briefed on this, clearly disturbing videos from the scene, have asked for a further update on the situation & hope both residents & @lfbhackney are safe. Know the building very well as well as many of the businesses & residents in the building as it’s in my former ward.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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