london fire brigade
The capital's fire service took 2,670 calls – seven times the usual number – as more than 40 houses and shops were destroyed.
Major incident declared in the capital – as well as Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and Suffolk – as hundreds of firefighters battle blazes fuelled by heatwave.
At least 20 fire engines and 125 firefighters sent to burning block, where smoke could be seen for miles.
The London Fire Brigade said 60 firefighters were sent to Collingwood Road, Sutton.
London Fire Brigade says craze has led to more than 100 rescues from apparatus designed for much smaller humans.
A blaze at an east London towerblock has fuelled more anger over the years-long scandal.
Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze on Platt’s Eyot island in Richmond upon Thames.
With each passing year, it becomes clearer the system is stacked against us, writes Natasha Elcock.
The blast in west London occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Several people escaped nearby buildings and five were rescued.
Specialist firefighters are working to safely recover her body.