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About 100 Firefighters tackle a huge blaze at a 'new build' block of flats in Barking east L

One hundred firefighters battled a huge fire at a block of flats in east London that left dozens of people needing emergency accommodation.

Fifteen engines accompanied the firefighters that were called to the fire in the 'new build' De Pass Gardens, in Barking, where one-bedroom flats are on sale from £240,000.

Fire crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham and surrounding fire stations tackled the flames from 3.31 pm today, eventually bringing the fire under control at around 6 pm.

Barking and Dagenham Council said the flames are now 'under control' and that they have set up temporary accommodation 'for anyone who needs it'.

Photos and videos on social media show enormous flames leaping from the front of the building with smoke rising into the air as stunned people who were evacuated watch on.

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The first to the sixth floor were alight but the cause of the fire is still unknown as the crew's attentions now turn towards surveying the damage.

Residents were evacuated from nearby flats and the Met Police put road closures in place.

Venilia Barista Amorim, who lives across from the building, told the Evening Standard the new-build, called Samuel Garside House, by Barking Riverside London, is five years old and houses a mixture of families, pensioners and disabled people in two to three-bedroom properties.

Station Manager Andy Maloney was at the scene and said after the fire was brought under control: 'Crews worked really hard to put the fire out.

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My view: I don't get how they built these Blocks of flats that fire jump from one flat to another, it seems people put profit before safety.

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