Two in hospital after house fire in Forest Gate

Fire engine outside the house which was on fire Eight fire engines were called to the scene

Two men have been taken to hospital after a house fire in east London.

Firefighters rescued a man from the roof of the building in Romford Road, Forest Gate, and another man escaped before emergency services arrived.

The roof was destroyed in the blaze and a large part of the ground and first floors of the building was damaged by the fire.

Firefighters were concerned about four missing people however a search of the property did not find anyone.

They had thought the building was being used as a squat and were not sure how many people were staying there.

Severely damaged

Eight fire engines were called to the fire at 03:15 BST after flames engulfed the property. The fire was under control by 07:30.

Station manager Daniel Alie, who was at the scene, said: "The fire caused severe damage to the house and the roof was destroyed. Crews rescued a man from the rear of the house using a ladder.

"Our fire investigation unit is now working to find out what caused the blaze."

A London Ambulance spokesman said two men were treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

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