Rushanara Ali MP's statement on major fire in Bethnal Green

In the early hours of this morning, a major fire broke out on the roof of a block of flats on Hadleigh Close in my constituency. 

Thankfully there were no reported casualties, and one person has been taken to hospital as a precaution. Over 100 residents were evacuated from the block of flats.

My thoughts are with my constituents who have been affected by the fire, and those who have lost access to their homes and belongings. This couldn’t have come at a worse time given that we are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.  

I am working with Tower Hamlets Homes, Tower Hamlets Council and other services to support those of my constituents who are affected. Thirteen families have been provided temporary accommodation in hotels, and Tower Hamlets Homes are working to find suitable accommodation for the other residents. 

I am very grateful to London Fire Brigade and the emergency services for their swift response in tackling the blaze and supporting residents at this difficult time. I am pleased to hear that the Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service are investigating the cause of the fire. It’s absolutely vital that lessons are learnt from the findings of that investigation. 

If you have been affected and need support, please contact me on [email protected] or 020 7219 7200.

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