A woman has been led to safety after fire broke out at an east London apartment block.

Around 80 firefighters were called to Harry Zeital Way in Clapton at 10.40pm on Monday.

Part of an external balcony from the ground to the fifth floor was alight at a block of flats, LFB said, with more than 65 emergency calls received about the fire.

A neighbour described the incident as ‘harrowing to watch’ but praised the firefighters for arriving very quickly.

They described seeing all five storeys on fire and they could hear small explosions.

The LFB said the woman was rescued from the first floor and there are no reports of injuries.

Crews from Stoke Newington, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch and surrounding fire stations were sent to the scene.