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Firefighters tackle blazing flat in Holloway Road

PUBLISHED: 14:24 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 September 2019

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Some 40 firefighters tackled a blazing flat in Holloway Road this afternoon.

The London Fire Brigade brought the Holloway Road fire under control. Picture: LFBThe London Fire Brigade brought the Holloway Road fire under control. Picture: LFB

Some 40 firefighters tackled a blazing flat in Holloway Road this afternoon.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was alerted to a fire in a ground floor four-room flat at about 1pm and sent six engines to the scene.

Firefighters brought the flames "under control" by about 2.11pm. They rescued two men from the fourth and first floors - one of whom was taken to hospital "suffering smoke inhalation".

Holloway Road is shut both directions between Fortnam Road and Tollington Way, Transport for London has confirmed.

A LFB spokesperson said: "Most of a flat on the ground floor was damaged by the fire and a small part of a flat on the first floor was also damaged. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued one man from the fourth floor via a ladder.

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"He was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews and taken to hospital. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus also rescued a man from the first floor via a ladder."

One witness tweeted: "The fact that there was a fire on Holloway Road and 98 per cent of people who were there were just recording a man on the top floor who was scared and helpless makes me so disgusted - imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and people were recording you like you're a zoo animal."

The Brigade's 999 control officers have received at least 13 calls about this incident.

Fire crews from Islington, Hornsey. Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Kentish Town fire stations are at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Islington Police tweeted: "A large section of Holloway Road has been closed due to a LFB incident. Please avoid the area if possible."

Were you in the burning flat? Can you see what's happening? Contact Lucas at the Gazette newsdesk on 07785 616244 or email pictures to lucas.cumiskey@archant.co.uk

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