Major incident declared as 100 firefighters tackle shopping centre blaze
London Fire Brigade said they were called to The Mall in Walthamstow at 7.40am.
A major incident has been declared as more than 150 firefighters tackle a blaze at an east London shopping centre.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said they were called at around 7.40am on Monday to The Mall on Selborne Walk in Walthamstow.
“Part of the roof of the two-storey building is alight,” LFB said. “The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”
Waltham Forest Police tweeted saying “officers are dealing with a major incident” and advised people to avoid the area around the shopping complex.
Officers are dealing with a major incident on Selborne Road E17. Road closures are in place. Please avoid the area and The Mall E17.— Waltham Forest Police (@MPSWForest) July 22, 2019
Fire station manager Steve Smith said: “There is a lot of smoke so we would advise local residents to keep their doors and windows closed while crews tackle the fire.
“There are local road closures in place so motorists should avoid the area where possible.”
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene at 7.50am.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one woman has been taken to hospital, with a response car, two ambulances crews and the hazardous area response team sent to the scene.
Big fire in Walthamstow! pic.twitter.com/bpAZatKaou— Jeroen van Dinteren (@DinterenJeroen) July 22, 2019
Images and videos posted on social media of the scene shows smoke billowing into the air and flames lapping part of the roof.
LFB said there are 25 fire engines at the scene, with crews from Walthamstow, Leyton, Tottenham, Leytonstone and Homerton in attendance.
Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy tweeted: “It appears there is a serious fire incident at the mall this morning, please keep back from area and let’s help the fire brigade do their job.”
Alex de Lange told PA: “There’s massive amounts of black smoke billowing from The Mall.
“There’s a helicopter and lots of fire engines and sounds like some explosions too. The bus station has been evacuated.”
Elly Gresham-Scott said that as she passed the scene at around 8.25am the “air was hazy” with “quite large” ash particles floating in the air.
Freddie Joyce said that there are “massive high flames spreading at high speed”, adding: “Firemen are struggling to keep it under control it looks like.”