Fire crews rescue 13 people from fire in Hackney block of flats

Five children among those who escaped the flames.

Firefighters rescued 13 people from a burning block of flats in Hackney in the early hours of this morning.

The residents - including five children - were trapped when fire broke out in a communal stairwell in Evelyn Court in Amhurst Road shortly before 1am.

Emergency crews lead them to safety after fire alarms alerted them to the danger.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said paramedics treated three people at the scene for smoke inhalation but that no one needed hospital treatment.

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The fire was under control by 2pm but damaged part of the communal stairwell of the five storey block.

Its caused in under investigation.

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Watch manager Mick Curnick from Homerton fire station said: “There was heavy smoke throughout the building.

“All the flats had working smoke alarms which alerted the residents to the fire. It is essential that people have working smoke alarms in their homes as it gives you early warning if there is a fire.”

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