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Children evacuated from burning Ilford house as outbuilding fire spreads to second floor

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

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A number of children were among those evacuated from a house in Ilford this lunchtime after a fire broke out in an outbuilding before spreading to the nearby home.

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen BraddickFire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

The London Fire Brigade tweeted at 1.58pm that four fire engines and 25 firefighters had been called to reports of a fire at a building in York Road, Ilford.

Eyewitnesses told a Recorder reporter at the scene that a number of people - many of them children - fled the building and were able to take refuge in the Kids Inc Nursery across the street while the emergency services responded.

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen BraddickFire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

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Firefighters remain on the scene now, and it is believed those evacuated are being made comfortable at the Punjabi Lounge restaurant further down York Road.

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen BraddickFire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman confirmed the fire was first reported at 1.40pm, adding: "An outhouse is alight and part of the first floor of a two-storey building is also alight.

"The brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 21 calls to the fire.

Fire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen BraddickFire crews attending a fire on York Road in Ilford. Picture: Imogen Braddick

"Fire crews from Barking, East Ham, Leytonstone and Dagenham are at the scene."

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.