AN investigation has been launched after a fierce blaze in a flat above a town centre takeaway.
Around 30 firefighters battled the fire at the flat above the Turkish Kebab House on Church Street in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Six fire engines from Forest Gate fire station, South Shore, Bispham, St Annes and Fleetwood as well as an aerial ladder platform were called to the premises just before 5am yesterday.
At first firefighters were worried people may have been trapped inside the building, but after searching the premises they were able to confirm no-one was inside.
Robert Martin, station manager at Forest Gate fire station, said smoke was pouring from the building and flames were leaping out of the roof when the crews arrived.
Ten firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using three hose reels and a jet.
Station manager Martin said the crew was scaled back once the fire was put out but Church Street was closed for most of yesterday’s morning while fire investigators worked with police officers to establish the cause of the blaze.
A police spokesman said: “We are conducting an investigation with fire crews to find the cause of the blaze.”