UK firefighters battle blaze at low-rise building in east London

The Chalcots Estate  in Camden will has similar plastic panels on the outside that were fitted to the outside of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower

The Chalcots Estate  in Camden will has similar plastic panels on the outside that were fitted to the outside of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower

The fire broke out in a block of flats in Turin Street.

Witness George Shankar said as the fire spread the roof of the building was reduced to "smouldering wood in about five minutes".

There have now been no reports of any causalities.

Footage from bystanders showed huge flames bursting through the windows of the building as smoke billowed into the sky. One man suffering from smoke inhalation has been hospitalized. "The whole of the roof was also destroyed", the fire service said in a statement.

Firefighters were called at 4.25pm and the blaze was under control by 7.30pm.

Members of the emergency services watch as Grenfell Tower is engulfed by fire on June 14, 2017 in west London.

Bethnal Green Road has been closed as 78 firefighters tackle the blaze.

The fire is believed to have started in the third floor of the building - but the cause of the fire has yet to be discovered.

The fire brigade received almost 50 calls about the blaze. "Local road closures are in place".

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