Firefighters called to blaze as revellers evacuated from pub with ‘pint in hand’

Firefighters have been called to tackle a huge blaze at at a car workshop in north London.

The London Fire Brigade said it was called to attend to the fire in Walthamstow just before 5pm on Sunday.

Ten fire engines arrived at the scene in Hoe Street, where a two-storey motor workshop and garage were on fire, the London Fire Brigade said.

Flames and smoke rising in to the sky can be seen through video footage shared on social media.

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Footage shows people watching the fire as they were evacuated and stood behind a cordon near the Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub.

Walthamstow Labour MP Stella Creasy wrote on Twitter: “Walthamstow appreciate that it’s shocking but can confirm it’s the garage behind rose and crown which is on fire so there are flammable items in there – fire brigade asking for public help to stay behind cordon so please stop jumping over it to film and help them by staying back!”

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One witness tweeted: “Everyone evacuated from the pub with pint in hand”, while another added: “I hope that London Fire are able to contain this so we don’t lose an iconic pub.”

In a statement the LFB said: “A car workshop and garages of two floors are alight.

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“The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 25 calls to the fire.

“The Brigade was called at 16.57pm. Fire crews from Walthamstow, Leyton, Tottenham, Woodford and Homerton fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.” There have been no reports of any casualties.

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