The Mall fire: Blaze hits Walthamstow shopping centre

The Mall fire: Blaze hits Walthamstow shopping centre

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Media captionThe Mall shopping centre has 66 stores on one level and restaurants on another level

A huge fire has broken out at a shopping centre in east London.

More than 125 firefighters, with 15 fire engines, are tackling the blaze at The Mall shopping centre in Selborne Road, Walthamstow.

Waltham Forest Police said officers were dealing with a major incident and advised people to stay away from the area.

One woman has been taken to hospital, the London Ambulance Service said. Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

London Fire Brigade, which was called at about 07:40 BST, said part of the roof was alight. The cause is not yet known.

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Smoke could be seen rising from the Mall in footage recorded in Canary Wharf

The Mall has 66 stores across one floor, with a small upper area for restaurants.

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The fire broke out at about 07:40 BST

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One woman has been taken to hospital

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There are about 125 firefighters at the scene

Images and videos posted on social media of the scene shows smoke billowing into the air and flames lapping part of the roof.

Witness Alex de Lange said: “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 the “air was hazy” with ash particles.

Freddie Joyce said there were “massive high flames spreading at high speed”.

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There are currently 15 fire engines at the scene

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.”

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Part of the Mall’s roof is alight, according to the London Fire Brigade



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